Featuring Soumee De
by Apsaras Arts
Tuesday / 1st May 2018 / 8pm
DARSHANA presents Soumee De in TRIBHANGA, an Odissi performance. Tribhanga means “Three Bends” which is the defining characteristic posture of the Indian classical dance form - Odissi. This classical dance genre traces its roots to the Mahari dance of Odisha, which is nearly a millennium old, and the dance having been an integral part of the daily rituals at the Jagannath temple of Puri. Soumee De will present a traditional Odissi repertoire, which has been conceived to take the audience through a journey of a dancer’s life. Commencing from the repertoire item Magalacharan, which represents the entrance of (birth) the dancer onto the stage, concluding in Moksha (salvation) where the dancer reaches ecstasy and reaching the end of her journey. Tirbangha will feature original choreographies by legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, and her own choreography on music composed by Singaporean artistes.
Soumee is an Economist by education, a creative performing Artiste by passion and a Human Resources advisor by profession. She deeply cares about three causes: Arts, Education and Women. Since the age of four she has trained in Indian Classical dance forms -Kathak and Odissi and is currently learning Odissi and choreography under Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, of Srjan, Bhubaneswar, India. Soumee is a co-founder of “Ethos -Exploring The Odissi Spirit,” a community of Odissi dancers in Singapore with a vision to propagate the dance form across boundaries, geographies and generations.
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DARSHANA - Intimate Dance Series
by Apsaras Arts
Most classical dance forms of India are best appreciated in its intimate setting in close proximity, where the solo dancer is in constant communication with the audience. Many of these dance forms were originally performed in the sanctum of the Hindu temples, then later moved to the royal courts of great rulers, both these settings giving the ideal experience. In the early twentieth century these solo performances were formatted for grand proscenium stages, which have now evolved as ensemble works featuring multiple dancers.
Through this dance series “Darshana”, Apsaras Arts intends to recreate the ancient setting where the audience and the soloist are in unison enjoying the ultimate experience of “Sahrdya” - oneness with each other. Darshana will feature solo performances across the genres of Indian classical dance, with each performance featuring a serious dancer presenting a curated thematic performance, putting the focus lights on Singapore based Indian classical dancers.