by Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (Classical Odissi Dance)

Odissi is a two-thousand-year-old dance tradition that began in the temples of Odisha in Eastern India. Magnificent ruins like the Sun Temple at Konarak confirm that Odissi was performed as far back as 200 BCE. Originally a sacred ritual dedicated to the gods, Odissi is one of the oldest dance traditions in the world and speaks of the magical love and union between the human and the divine.

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, internationally regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India has nurtured celebrated dancers as Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy. The Ensemble performs all over India, tours the US annually, and regularly presents work in Europe, UK, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Although dedicated to ancient practice, the ensemble is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century by exploring creative interpretations of tradition.

In Turkey they will be performing Smaraṇa. Smarana is a Sanskrit term denoting tradition, teaching, and recollection. Smarana will interpret for audiences ancient wisdom, sacred rituals, and divine transformation through an electrifying dance performance which will unveil a sacred transfiguration: from stage to temple, from woman to goddess.

About Nrityagram Dance Village

Inaugurated in 1990, founded by the late and gifted danseuse Protima Gauri, the Nrityagram dance village is located outside Bangalore, India, on ten acres of farmland, which were converted into a setting for the study, practice and teaching of dance. At Nrityagram, dance is a way of life, where dancers from all over the world live in an atmosphere that nurtures artistic exploration and development. Reminiscent of ancient ashrams where gurus imparted a philosophy, it is a creative space where dancers, musicians and choreographers share their skills to develop their art.

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  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Suleyman Seba Hall, Beşiktaş, Istanbul
  • 7 PM
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  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Leyla Gencer Hall, Mehmet Akif Ersoy Mahallesi, 06200 Yenimahalle, Ankara
  • 7 PM
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  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Culture Park, Hizmet Binası Mimar Sinan Mahallesi, Şair Eşref Bulvarı Kültürpark No: 50, 35220 Konak, Izmir
  • 5:30 PM
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