A two-week long festival dedicated to Odissi, featuring world-renowned Odissi exponent Padmasri Madhavi Mudgal, accompanied by her accomplished disciple Shalakha Rai conducting workshops from 25th Aug to 31st Aug 2017 and a specially-curated exhibition on the history of Odissi at The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum by Nisha Somasundaram.
Odissi dance emerged over the last two millennia in complex historical settings in a region of eastern India, presently known as Odisha, where many rulers, religions and aesthetic influences took hold. Renowned for its lyricism, profound beauty and grace, it has been linked to the oldest dance forms practised in India and ritual devotion in temples. Integrated with other art forms such as music, painting and sculpture, odissi as it is practised today is nevertheless based on a heavily reconstructed form that emerged in the mid-twentieth century following Indian Independence in 1947.
This exhibition aims to trace this history and evolution of odissi from its earliest origins to the present day, highlight its unique beauty and complicate the assumptions often made about Indian dance and odissi. A series of performances, demonstrations, art history lectures and activity sessions for children and adults is scheduled to accompany the exhibition. Full details and opening times released shortly.
Presented by 21st Century Education Trust. Design & Curation: Nisha Somasundaram
Part of the Bedford Odissi Dance Festival 2017
Odissi, a dance form from the eastern state of Odisha in India, is rooted in sculpturesque dance poses, mythological stories and lyrical exploration of music. This performance presents some of the most elegant and striking items from the Odissi repertoire.
For more information about this recital, please refer to the Oxford Festival of the Arts brochure.
Weston Library, University of Oxford
A one-day interdisciplinary symposium which seeks to explore the unfolding story of the female heroine, or nayika, in South Asian cultural history. Convened by Oxford students and alumni, Nisha Somasundaram and Tanvi Bhatia, and supported by the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute and the Bodleian Library, the symposium features lectures and performances which examine striking textual, visual and dramaturgical representations of the heroine.
For further details, please see here.