Editor’s Note


Photo Courtesy: Maya Kabir


Hello Dear Readers:

Welcome to the 2018 re-launch of Global Rasika!

We are thrilled to revisit our online magazine cultivate critical thinking and discourse across the Odissi community worldwide. Launched in 2014, Global Rasika has featured many incisive and thought provoking articles over its multiple editions. After an extended gap, we managed to channel our limited time and resources to complete this edition, the work for which started many months earlier.

As part of our re-launch: ‘Dynamics of a Contemporary Odissi,’ we thought it was important to focus our energies to examine current challenges in the field and their implications. Our goal is ultimately to create an awareness and acceptance that these issues affect both the growth of dance form and the lives of individual dancers; and examine how and what way we can meaningfully address these challenges moving forward. If we can seed and initiate conversations, we will have done our job.

Our writers this issue therefore have focused on several pressing challenges in the field: the need to cultivate thinking dancers in the current contemporary context, re-examining Odissi as a creative process, and the implications of a festival curation process that is driven more by nationality rather than quality.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to sit down with the internationally acclaimed Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain, founder of Rudrakshya Foundation, who has carved a niche for himself as one of the world’s leading Odissi Gurus and choreographers. Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain very candidly shared his life journey with us, from a struggling dance student to internationally acclaimed choreographer.

We are also happy to present Kolkata-based Sri Argha Chatterjee, senior disciple of Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra, as our featured artiste for this issue. Global Rasika launched this initiative in 2016 to provide a virtual platform for local Odissi dance artistes to showcase their talent. Sri Argha  Chaterjee is an exemplary Odissi artiste with a firm command of the  Odissi form and technique. He has taught and performed extensively in India, the USA and in Canada.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to our contributors: Manishikha Baul, Supriya Nayak, and Fatima Montero – thank you for tackling these important issues head-on with such passion and clarity. Thank you for your patience in seeing this issue through to its completion. Heartfelt gratitude to our Barcelona-based photographer Maya Kabir for generously contributing her images to give us the visual appeal we were seeking.

And lastly – thank you to our loyal readers who have supported us through it all and for encouraging us to continue our mission. We hope that you continue to read, think, discuss and share; to continue to enhance and expand the Odissi experience for everyone.


Sonali Mishra
Editor, Global Rasika
April, 2018



  1. Congrats for launching this issue. Way to go!!

  2. Gullapudi Raman Kumari says:

    Thanks for the re launch of this issue!!! Wish you all the best!!!

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