Odissi dance presented at Shilpakala Academy

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:35, Jun 13,2017

Bangladesh Shilpaklala Academy

Indian dancer Shashwati Barai Ghosh performs at Bangladesh Shilpaklala Academy on Monday. –Snigdha Zaman

Indian dancer Shashwati Barai Ghosh entertained the audience by presenting Odissi dance at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpaklala Academy on Monday.

Nrityanandan organised the show following a weeklong Odissi workshop where Shashwati trained local dancers on different aspects of Odissi dance.

Odissi is one of the eight major genres of classical dance. The dance form, which originated at Hindu temples of Odisha around 500 BC, draws its movement and repertoire from sculpture, painting, literature, theatre and ritual practices.

At the show Shashwati demonstrated different segments of Odissi dance including bandana, Pallavi, Margam and others. She was joined by a group of 56 local dancers of different age groups, all of whom participated at the workshop.

‘Odissi, though it is a very old classical dance, is the least practiced dance form of all the classical dance genres in the country,’ Sharmila Banarjee, dancer and director of Nrityanandan, told New Age.

‘We wanted to promote the dance form among the local young dancers through the workshop. We have plans to organise a large scale festival on Odissi dance in January next year,’ added Sharmila.

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