Start date: 18 Sep 2016
End date: 18 Sep 2016
Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Venue address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, United Kingdom
Part of the Darbar Festival
The Odissi Ensemble is a quartet of dancers of diverse backgrounds, who will bring alive the form with live musical accompaniment. Odissi entrances with its crystalline geometry and powerful narrative. The stories of the gods are metaphors for humans with their everyday struggles and occasional triumphs. Donald Hutera writes of ‘odissi’s ability to embrace spectacle and emotion within a religious context’ (Pulse, Dec 2015).
The freshness of the Ensemble’s presentation keeps the classical form updated for the twenty-first century. The dancers are Elena Catalano, Kali Chandrasegaram, Mahina Khanum and Maryam Shakiba. They are accompanied by vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, May Robertson on violin, Dhruv Jogia on percussion and conducted by Parvati Rajamani.