Latest Concert

Odissi by Joyoti
Venue: Upper Yarra Arts Centre

Date: Saturday 10th April, 2010
Time: 8pm start

    Full - $24
    Concession - $20

Odissi Workshop
Venue: Upper Yarra Arts Centre

Date: Friday 9th April, 2010
Time: 12pm-4pm

    Cost - $30

The School Students Odissi

Sometime between the third and sixth century A.D. Bharata a venerated sage in Hindu thought, scripted the rules of classical dance Natya Shastra, (the grammar of natya for its component elements of dance, drama, music, rhyme and rhythm). Thus came the name of this unique dance form, originating in South India, in the state known as Tamil Nadu and is regarded as the great temple dance of India.

The highlights of this south Indian dance are as follows:

Bharata-Natyam outshines all other dances as the oldest dance. This was born in the land of Nataraja, Gopurams and Devadasis and is considered the most devotional in character. The music is originally of classical Karnatic style, with lyrics in Sanskrit and other south Indian languages. Innovative artists have taken this form beyond language barriers. I have choreographed items in this style based on other music, including songs in Bengali language. I was blessed and helped further by Guru Khagendra Nath Barman of Kalakshetra, an innovative artist and a lecturer on dance in Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, to expand my horizon on Tagore compositions.

Guru Anandavalli of Sydney continues to inspire and coach me to improve Bharata-Natyam repertoire with love and fondness in appreciation of my dancing versatility.