Odissi (O-ri-see) dance, a classical dance forms from India, is believed by many to be the oldest classical dance form that still exists to this day. It is an exquisite representation of the Hindustani traditions of art to that transport the individuals in the audience into another parallel reality, full of wonder and bliss, where they experience the essence of their own consciousness.
Raka began studying the classical Indian art form of Odissi Dance from 1984 – 2001 with Guru Sangetta Mohapatra Kar.In 2018, she began study with Guru Poushali Mukherjee. Both of her gurus were students of the most renowned late Odissi dance Guru Padma Vibshun Kelucharan Mohapatra. Raka has performed for years as both a solo artist and in group dances at cultural event and celebrations. In 2003 she began teaching Odissi dance in the midwest USA and continues to do so today from Madison, WI.
Her performances and classes explore balance, ancient hand postures known as mudras, rhythmic steps, eye movements, expressions, and the storytelling of mystical gods, goddesses, humanity, and nature. Come experience her classes as a drop-in, private, or regular student. All levels of dancers welcome. Performance and private classes available by request.
Current classes open to drop-in explorations $15/class or $60/6 classes:
Intro to Odissi Temple Dances: Sundays 6:15-7:15pm Euphoria Movement Arts
Contact her for lectures, performances, and classes: