Madhavi Mudgal & Gandharva troupe presented Odissi Classical Indian Dance
A fully packed Maxwell auditorium was witness to a mesmerizing dance concert by Renowned
Odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal and the Gandharva Troupe on Sept 14th 2013. Accompanying dancers were Shamayita Das, Shalakha Rai, Prerna Agarwal and Shobha Bisht from India. They presented Vistaar, tradition and innovation in the Odissi Classical Indian Dance style. The program was a fundraiser to benefit American India Foundation’s Uttarakhand Relief Fund.
Madhavi Mudgal is one of the leading classical dancers of India. A prime disciple of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she is credited with bringing a greatly refined sensibility to her art form. Having established a niche in the international dance scene as a soloist, she has also been acclaimed for her choreographic works with her group of disciples. Her work has received repeated acclaim in the major cities and dance festivals throughout the world.
Apart from her performances, Madhavi is also recognized as one of the foremost teachers in her generation, imparting rigorous training in the dance form. She continues to perform and teaches at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.
Madhavi has been honored with numerous awards and honors including the Sanskriti Award, President of India’s award of Padma Shri, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Delhi State Parishad Samman, and the Nritya Choodamani, and the Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters by the Government of France.
Vistaar, an expansion in all directions yet reinforcing the core, explores vistas created by musical spaces, both rhythmic and melodic, through the vocabulary of Odissi movement.
Madhavi’s new choreography, Vistaar, uses the basic time cycle as the foundation upon which multiple variations of rhythm, movement and spatial structures are generated.
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