Odissi (O-ri-see) dance is an exquisite representation of the Hindustani traditions of art and tantric practice of balancing Shiva and Shakti and play with Kundalini. Evidence of its origins dates back to the second century BC, yet the form also benefits from a cultural revitalization in this last century that brings its spiritual ancestry and soul to life in a sophisticated and classical quality on the world stage for all to enjoy.
I began my study of the classical Indian art form Odissi Dance as a first generation child born in the USA to Indian parents who very much wanted me to experience the artistry of our ancestry. From 4 years of age until turning 18, I studied vigorously with Guru Sangeeta Mohapatra Kar. She was also a student of Odissi dance from age 4, and studied under Padma Vibushan Guru Kelucharun Mohapatra. I continued to study and dance with her while completing my Bachelors and Masters degrees while visiting home. In 2003, I began teaching Odissi dance and continue to do so today from my home in Madison, WI, USA.
In 2018 I re-entered study under various teachers all in the parampara lineage of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Guru Poushali Mukherjee in Kolkata, INDIA, Revital Carroll, Colleena Shakti, and Kautavi Sarkar in USA workshops, and via online workshops with Taissia Shpulnikova, Elena Catalano, Pallavi Basak, Rohan Dahle, Janhabi Behara, Colleena Shakti, Revital Carroll, Kaustavi Sarkar, Guru Sujata Mohapatra, Guru Kum Kum Mohanty and Guru Sharon Lowen.
I have performed for years as both a solo artist and in group dances at cultural event and celebrations. My performances and classes explore balance, ancient hand postures known as mudras, rhythmic steps, eye movements, expressions, sacred geometry, breath, meditation, energetic control, emotion, and storytelling of mystical gods, goddesses, humanity, and nature.
All levels of dancers welcome. Private instruction for individuals/groups as well as individual and group performance available via negotiation. Please inquire via contact in the form below.
Photographs: Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra offering pushpanjali to Lord Jagannath, Raka Bandyo performing at Bhaktifest, Raka Bandyo teaching Chauka at UW Madison School of Dance, Guru Sangeeta Kar in Tribanghi at Konark Sun Temple, Raka Bandyo presenting performance and glamour, Student troupe photos can be found below the contact form.
Past performance photos of the Karmicflower Dance Company including guest and student dancers.