FROM TEMPLES TO TEXTS: AN ART HISTORICAL SURVEY OF THE NAYIKA

Research presentation  /  Weston Library, University of Oxford

Joint research paper by Nisha Somasundaram and Tiyasha Dutta Paul in March 2017 as part of the Indian Heroine in History, Art & Performance symposium. Images: Lady writing a letter, 10th century AD, Indian Museum Calcutta; Sorathi Ragini, Detail, folio from a Ragamala, circa 1750, LACMA.

NEHRU CENTRE INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT 2016

Solo performance  / Osterley  London, UK.

Performance of odissi at Indian Independence Day event at Osterley on 21 August 2016 representing the Oxford Odissi Centre, 

Odissi Nrityagram Nisha Somasundaram

NRITYAGRAM SUMMER WORKSHOP

Photography / Hesaraghatta, India

In June/ July 2015 I trained in Odissi dance as well as yoga and Kalaripayattu at Nrityagram at their month-long residential summer school. 

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VALOUR, BETRAYAL & DESIRE: HEROES AND VILLAINS IN INDIAN PAINTINGS

Podium presentation  /  Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Podium presentation to the public in collaboration with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) as part of the museum’s public engagement initiatives and talks

 

Image (detail): Shiva and Parvati Playing Chaupar: Folio from a Rasamanjari Series, Devidasa of Nurpur, dated 1694–95, Basohli, MET.

THE ENIGMA OF THE BODY

Photography / Finding Lila

Photographic project based on the writings of celebrated dancer and choreographer Chandralekha for online magazine Finding Lila where Odissi dance and the dancer are presented with utmost simplicity and clarity. Photography and concept: Nisha Somasundaram,  Dancer: Nibedita Satpathy.

FRIGHT NIGHT: FACES OF KALI

Performance, duet & ensemble  /  RichMix

Curated event of classical Indian dance, spoken word & music at RichMix, exploring the various manifestations of the fearsome Hindu goddess Kali for Halloween 2015. Ensemble: Kali Chandrasegaram (choreographer), Katie Ryan, Nisha Somasundaram, Elena Catalano, Tiyasha Dutta Paul and Maryam Shakiba.

DARPAN: MIRROR TO THE OTHER

Choreography & Performance  /  Oxford Odissi Festival

Duet at Oxford Odissi Festival 2016 at Magdalen College with Baisali Mohanty. The piece was specially-choreographed by the two dancers to the music of Anoushka Shankar. 

Portfolio of previous work. In progress.