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. Architectural evidence of this dance in India is found in first-century B.C. rock-cut caves. After surviving cycles of growth, decay, and renewal, this art form thrives today and is as influential as Flamenco to tribal belly dance.
Raka began studying the classical Indian art form of Odissi Dance from 1984 – 2001 with Guru Sangetta Mohapatra Kar. Both 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 her home in Madison, WI. In 2018, she began study with Guru Poushali Mukherjee.
Her classes explore balance, ancient hand postures known as mudras, rhythmic steps, expressions, and the mystical descriptions of 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.
Intro to Odissi Temple Dances: Sundays 6:15-7:15pm Euphoria Movement Arts
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