Mediating Culture: Contributors August 2016

Silvana Duarte is an acknowledged exponent of Odissi in Brazil in the last two decades. Her professional background includes classical and modern ballet dance, jazz, yoga, and movement re-education. Duarte teaches Odissi and Yoga at her own studio, Padmaa – Arte e Cultura http://www.padmaa.com.br and at Indian Cultural Centre of the Consulate General of India São Paulo in Brazil. Silvana can be reached at: info@padmaa.com.br

Saswat Joshi is an Odissi dancer, teacher, choreographer and organiser currently based in Bhubaneswar. A recipient of the National Scholarship and Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Saswat is also gold medalist in Nritya Visharad, and received the Sangeet Ratna from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He founded a dance institute, Lasyakala in Bhubaneswar which currently has branches throughout India as well as Italy, France, UK, and Hungary. He also organises an annual festival, “Aekalavya,”  to honour the tradition of  Guru -Shishya parampara. Saswat can be reached at: saswat.joshi@gmail.com

Aadya Kaktikar An Odissi dancer, teacher and performer, Aadya works at the crossroads of contemporary education practices and traditional dance pedagogy. She is also the author of ‘Odissi Yaatra’ which documents the reconstruction of Odissi in the culturally vibrant years of the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching Dance at the Royal Academy of Dance London, Aadya is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Education and Arts Design and Performing Arts in the Shiv Nadar University. She can be reached at aadya.n.17@gmail.com

Dr. Susil Pani was born in to a family of traditional cultural connousseours and academics. He is a (MBBS,DO, DNB) Eye Specialist Surgeon, presently stationed at Puducherry, India. His clinical place of travail is mainly his own clinic ‘RAGHU EYE CLINIC’ named after his father late Dr Raghunath Pani who was a prominent educationist, singer, and music composer of Odisha. Dr Susil Pani has been a passionately creative photographer since his college days. His area of interest has been Indian classical dance, temple cars, nature etc. His work can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/raghuclinic/ and http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev09/rev714.html. Dr. Susil Pani can be reached at raghuclinic@gmail.com

 

Beyond the Stage: Contributors February 2016 

Elena Catalano is a dancer, teacher and scholar presently based in London. From 2010 to 2012, she received an ICCR scholarship to study Odissi in Delhi from 2010 to 2012. She also received the Milan Fellowship for further training at Srjan from 2012 to 2014,  and several bursaries to attend DanceIndia Summer School in Liverpool. Elena completed her PhD at Durham University, UK, with a project on Odissi, in which she investigated the interplay of somatic experiences, cultural values and politics of identity in Odissi training and performance. She now works as Dance Lecturer at Kingston University of London, where she teaches Dance Anthropology and Odissi technique. As a dancer, Elena is interested in promoting Odissi at a professional level and working collaboratively with other artists. For more information about Elena, please visit www.elenaodissi.com. Elena can be reached at  elenaodissi@gmail.com

Rohini Doshi-Dandavate holds a doctoral degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from the Ohio State University. As an artist in the Arts Learning Program of the Ohio Arts Council, she has conducted workshops and lecture demonstrations in Odissi dance in educational institutions in Ohio since 1994. As a Visiting Faculty in Denison University in 2001 she has offered courses in Odissi Dance. She received a graduate degree in Odissi dance from Kala Vikas Kendra, College of Indian Dance and Music, Cuttack, India. Her papers/articles can be accessed at www.scribd.com/rohinidandavate. She can be reached at dandavate2@gmail.com.

Patricia Salgado is an Odissi dancer and fashion designer. Since 2001 she has been living and working in Barcelona as a designer for Spanish companies specializing in women’s fashion. She also designs her own line, the the Güngur “Sundar Collection,”inspired by Indian classical dance. She co-founded Güngur Indian Fine Arts in 2009 and manages the Barcelona branch, where she conducts regular classes and workshops, organizes  performances/benefits and seminars She has been traveling regularly to India for her dance training since 2007 and has performed performed widely in Spain, Argentina and India. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information about Gungur, please visit: www.gungur.com. Patricia can be reached at: p.salgado@gungur.com

Nisha Somasundaram is currently a postgraduate student of Modern South Asian history and Sanskrit at the University of Oxford. She has a research interest in gender and iconography from the early modern period. Previously a corporate solicitor, she co-founded Finding Lila, an online magazine and initiative in Odissi in 2014: www.findinglila.com. She can be contacted at nisha@findinglila.com.

Changing Paradigms in Odissi Dance: Contributors July 2015

Ayona Bhaduri is a professional Odissi dancer who has been engaged in dance administration, research and teaching for the last fifteen years. An accredited member of International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, she is also empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and is also a recipient of Senior National Scholarship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India.  Ayona has performed extensively in India and abroad to critical acclaim. Based in Kolkata as an independent artist, she is currently pursuing a dance research project aided by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi under the scheme – ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India.’ Ayona can be reached at: ayonabhaduri@gmail.com and www.ayonabhaduri.com

Fátima Montero is a graduate in History (Licenciatura). She received her Masters Degree in Archaeology and Heritage (her thesis focused on the relations between the Roman Empire and India) by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a special diploma in Indian and Irianian studies by the Universidad de Salamanca. She was awarded an ICCR scholarship to continue her dance studies at Srjan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa from 2014-2015. Fatima will continue her work to promote Indian classical arts in Spain by Ekadâ, the cultural association based in Madrid of which she is one of the founding members. Fatima can be reached at asociacion.ekada@gmail.com

Merle O’Brien is a qualified futurist busy with her Phd into ‘the dance of creativity’ exploring the radical innovation this holds for the confluence of creative lifescience, technology and indigenous knowledge to alter the future in sustainable and positive ways. She was recently selected by MIT D-Lab one of 25 global scholars for its IDDS D’Kar Summit in Africa 2015. She is the founder and principal of Odissi Niketan Africa where she teaches and performs with her students. She received her foundation training in Odissi from Guru Smt Yogini Gandhi and went on to train in Bhubaneshwar at Srjan as well as at the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre. She can be reached at merle.obrien@gmail.com or see www.merleobrien.com

Ashwini Raghupathy is a Tedx speaker, holds a Limca World Record and is the director of ARPANA, an organization based in Bangalore to promote Odissi. Performing widely since 1998, her focus over the past few years has been in engaging people to tap the benefits of dance. In the NGO sector she has worked with diverse communities including children with disabilities, women who are victims of domestic violence, tribals, transgenders,sex-workers etc. She has also worked with street theatre movements across Jharkand and Orissa.  She has been invited by several corporate organizations such as Infosys, CGI to use dance as a tool for employee engagment. Apart from this she has a keen interest in nutrition, music and striking conversations with strangers. Ashwini can be reached at:ashwini.arpan@gmail.com

Debiprasad Sahoo is a photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebiprasadSahooPhotography. Debiprasad can be reached at debiprasad.s@gmail.com

Re-Examining Pedagogy in Odissi Dance: Contributors March 2015

Aastha Gandhi is an independent performance researcher and a dancer, following Guru Surendranath Jena style of Odissi. She researched on Odissi dance, its historiography, practice and problems within the established parampara, as part of her M. Phil dissertation (2006- 2008), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her subsequent work has been published in Conference Proceedings of WDA- Global Summit, “Dance Dialogues: conversations across cultures, artforms and practices” Brisbane (2009) and WDA’s Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars (2013). She is also an active member of World Dance Alliance and has participated in its various festivals in different capacities; master class trainer, paper presentation and performance at its various festivals in Hong Kong (2006), Australia (2008) and France (2014). She also performed in Japan as a part of a month- long cultural exchange programme (2008).Her current area of research engages with city space and its evolving metaphors of performance, at scholarly as well as performance level. She can be reached at aastha.odc@gmail.com

Shashwati Garaighosh is an Odissi dancer groomed as a soloist under Smt. Sharmila Biswas. She received her Masters from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkota. Currently the lead dancer at the Odissi Vision and Movement Center, (OVM), the Odissi dance institute founded by Smt. Sharmila Biswas, Shashwati also serves as the Rehearsal Supervisor and Head Instructor for dance trainees at OVM. She is the first recipient of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman. She has also received the Shringar Mani award, Odissi Jyoti award , Nalanda Nritya  Nipuna Award. Shashwati has also received National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Shashwati founded her own Odissi dance institute, ‘Angashuddhi’ in Kolkota. She can be reached at shashwatigg@gmail.com

Dr. Shreelina Ghosh is a professor of English/Professional & Technical Communication at Dakota State University. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. Shreelina’s research interests mostly center around the intersections of cultural and digital rhetoric and performance. Her current research examines the use of technology as a tool for online and hybrid learning. Her study reveals the relationship between traditional and online teaching, and the impact of mediation on pedagogic practices. Shreelina is a disciple of Guru Aloka Kanungo and has practiced the art of Odissi for over thirty years. Shreelina can be reached at shreelinaghosh@gmail.com

Aadya Kaktikar An Odissi dancer, teacher and performer, Aadya works at the crossroads of contemporary education practices and traditional dance pedagogy. She is also the author of ‘Odissi Yaatra’ which documents the reconstruction of Odissi in the culturally vibrant years of the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching Dance at the Royal Academy of Dance London, Aadya is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Education and Arts Design and Performing Arts in the Shiv Nadar University. She can be reached at aadya.n.17@gmail.com

Debiprasad Sahoo is budding photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebiprasadSahooPhotography. He can be reached at debiprasad.s@gmail.com

The Road Less Travelled: Contributors November 2014

Manishikha Baul is based in Singapore and co-heads “Ethos: Exploring the Odissi Spirit”. She is a professional Odissi dancer. She graduated from the University of Delhi in English Literature and has a diploma in Commercial Art. Manishikha works mostly out of Singapore and Delhi. She enjoys reading, cooking and travelling. She can be reached at manishikha.baul@gmail.com

Ranjana Dave is an Odissi dancer and dance writer based in Bombay, India. She is the co-founder and programme director of Dance Dialogues, a platform for the dance community to collaborate, reflect and explore ideas that inform their creative practice in multi-disciplinary ways. She recently initiated Varnan, a social media consultancy which helps artists and arts organisations develop effective communication strategies. Ranjana regularly writes on dance for prominent Indian publications, including Time Out Magazine, the NCPA On Stage Magazine,The Hindu and Asian Age. She has worked on the online archive project Pad.ma, where she focused on curating an archive of the performing arts. Ranjana holds a postgraduate degree from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where her focus was performance studies. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Arthink South Asia Fellowship, a programme aimed at nurturing potential leaders in the cultural sector in South Asia. To learn more about Ranjana and the work she is doing, please visit: [www.varnan.net, www.dancedialogues.org,http://artswriting.wordpress.com]. She can be reached at ranjana.dave@gmail.com

Rathimalar Govindarajoo (Rathi) specializes in Indian Classical Odissi, Bharata Natyam and Modern Contemporary dance. She spent her formative years with Sutra Dance Theatre for over two decades and worked full-time as one of the pioneer dancers of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (SJDC) London, UK. Rathimalar received Marie Claire’s Women of Style & Substance Award (2011) and was named Watson’s Extraordinary Woman in 2013. An established choreographer; she was nominated for best choreography at the 2009 BOH Cameronian Arts Award. She continues to contribute her extensive dance experience towards the performing arts in Malaysia and abroad. You can find out more about Rathimalar by visiting: https://twitter.com/rathimalar; https://vimeo.com/rathimalar; https://www.facebook.com/Rathimalar.Dance.Odyssey?fref=ts.] Rathimalar can be reached at dance_odyssey@gmail.com

Srijat Mishra is an entrepreneur in the knowledge industry, specifically the education sector. His dream is to use technology and innovative education models to transform education and learning in society at large, and in the process, touch millions of lives – especially in emerging and developing countries. Srijat is also an enthusiastic mentor for young organizations and fellow entrepreneurs. He advises many organizations that are at the cusp of technology and organizational/social change and regularly speaks, in different forums, on entrepreneurship and governance. Srijat is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (Kolkota). He blogs on various topics at: www.unmuddlings.blogspot.com. Srijat can be reached at srijat@gmail.com

Debiprasad Sahoo is budding photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebiprasadSahooPhotography. He can be reached at debiprasad.s@gmail.com

Redefining Odissi in a Global Context: Contributors July 2014

Elena Catalano is an Odissi dancer, researcher and lecturer currently based in the UK. She has recently completed a fully funded PhD in Dance Anthropology at Durham University with a project on somatic experience in Odissi. Elena holds also a BA and MA in Cultural Anthropology (Università La Sapienza, Italy), a Master in Dance (University of Surrey, UK) and in Cultural Management (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain). She has received several scholarships and bursaries  to carry out her studies, dance training and fieldwork abroad. Elena has done research in India (New Delhi and Orissa), Africa (Ghana) and Europe (Spain and Italy), publishing and receiving accolades for her dance writing, including the ‘Premlata Sharma Award 2012’, the ‘Pauline Hodgens Award 2010’ and the ‘Paola Bianchi Award 2009’. She can be reached at elenacatalanodance@gmail.com

Aastha Gandhi is an independent performance researcher and a dancer, following Guru Surendranath Jena style of Odissi. She researched on Odissi dance, its historiography, practice and problems within the established parampara, as part of her M. Phil dissertation (2006- 2008), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her subsequent work has been published in Conference Proceedings of WDA- Global Summit, “Dance Dialogues: conversations across cultures, artforms and practices” Brisbane (2009) and WDA’s Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars (2013). She is also an active member of World Dance Alliance and has tparticipated in its various festivals in different capacities; master class trainer, paper presentation and performance at its various festivals in Hong Kong (2006), Australia (2008) and France (2014). She also performed in Japan as a part of a month- long cultural exchange programme (2008).Her current area of research engages with city space and its evolving metaphors of performance, at scholarly as well as performance level. She can be reached at aastha.odc@gmail.com

Nabanita (Neeta) Pal is an Odissi dancer. Originally from the Washington DC area, she is now based in Oakland, California. From 2009-2010, she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Orissa Dance Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and is currently finishing up a law degree at University of California, Berkeley. Neeta plans to practice public interest law and support movements for social justice in the United States. She is interested in exploring and developing nuanced storytelling techniques that bridge her passion for dance and advocacy. She can be reached at npal09@gmail.com

Debiprasad Sahoo is budding photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebiprasadSahooPhotography. He can be reached at debiprasad.s@gmail.com

Taissia Shpulnikova is a professional odissi dancer and based in Moscow, Russia. She has received education in several kinds of art including painting and classical music and has studied history and archives at Russian State University for the Humanities. Taissia runs a dance school in Moscow and devotes most of her time to spreading odissi dance in Russia. Her current areas of interest include extensive dance research and collaboration with practitioners of other dance styles. She can be reached at melodissi@gmail.com

Identity and Odissi Dance: Contributors April 2014

Shilpa Bertuletti is an Italo-Indian dancer, pianist and researcher. She completed her BA and MA in Oriental Studies from University of Bologna with distinction, specializing in Indian Theatre. Now she is attending the Doctoral School of Performing Arts at the same university, with a particular interest in Odissi and gender identity in contemporary India. After a long training in classical ballet, Shilpa has been awarded in 2013 a dance scholarship to study Odissi directly in India («Formare all’Eccellenza» from Comune di Bergamo), as well as a PhD scholarship (“Premio Morelli” from Rotary Club Bergamo) to conduct her fieldwork in Bhubaneswar. She can be reached at shilpabertuletti@virgilio.it

Dali Basu Choudhury is an Odissi Dancer and researcher based in New Delhi. After graduating in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa, Canada, Dali was able to turn her attention to her passion for Odissi dance full time and was awarded a fellowship by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute to train in India. She completed a research project on the different styles of Odissi with the help of a fellowship awarded by the Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation. Dali can be reached at dalibasu@hotmail.com

Ranjana Dave is an Odissi dancer and dance writer based in Bombay, India. She is the co-founder and programme director of Dance Dialogues, a platform for the dance community to collaborate, reflect and explore ideas that inform their creative practice in multi-disciplinary ways. She regularly writes on dance for prominent Indian publications, including Time Out Magazine, the NCPA On Stage Magazine, The Hindu and Asian Age. She has worked on the online archive project Pad.ma, where she focused on curating an archive of the performing arts. Ranjana holds a postgraduate degree from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where her focus was performance studies. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Arthink South Asia Fellowship, a programme aimed at nurturing potential leaders in the cultural sector in South Asia. She can be reached at ranjana.dave@gmail.com

Sonali Mishra is an Odissi dancer, researcher, and writer currently based in Bhubaneswar. She holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and an MS in Public Policy and Managament from Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary areas of research interest include: international cultural policy, globalization and culture, and the role of culture in urban and regional economic development. She worked as a researcher in the nonprofit sector in NY before focusing on her dance career several years ago. Sonali has written for attenDance, Narthanam, and ArtsJournal. She can be reached at surya20@msn.com

Sanatani Rombola is a professional Odissi dancer based in Italy. In addition to teaching and performing, she is also an event planner specializing in Indian culture. She has been immersed in ISKON culture since birth, and spent a significant part of her life in Puri, Odisha where she developed a strong love for Odishan art and culture. She is actively involved in her local ISKCON temple, and regularly organizes youth-based initiatives to engage young people to spread the glories of Lord Krishna. She can be reached at Sanatani82@hotmail.com

Debiprasad Sahoo is budding photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebiprasadSahooPhotographyHe can be reached at debiprasad.s@gmail.com

Kaustavi Sarkar [Singar-Mani/Nalanda-NrityaNipuna/Odissi-Jyoti] doctoral researcher at Ohio State University, is an Indian classical dance educator; performing and teaching well over the past decade. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Multicultural Center for Embodied Aesthetics, International Outreach and Social Activism in Columbus. Kaustavi teaches Odissi at OSU and is actively involved in the Diaspora. She has BSc&MA in Economics and has worked in New York, Kolkata and Mumbai as a financial analyst. She can be reached at Sarkar35@osu.edu www.kaustavisarkar.net

Laurence Le Bail Simon is an Odissi dancer and doctoral candidate based in the South of France. She holds a Masters Degree in Comparative Littérature, a Masters Degree in Esthetics, and is achieving a PHD at Paris 8 University in Odissi aesthetics.
Her publications include:
• Rodin et la danse de Çiva, under Katia Légeret guidance, Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2014.
• Figures rythmiques : le temps et l’espace en Odissi » (rythmic figures : space and time in Odissi) : in revue LERIC n°1 dedicated to the question of space and time through intercultural views, directed by Mohammed Ben Jelloun, El Jadida, september 2013
• Le geste créateur : l’éloquence gestuelle dans le théâtre dansé Odissi » (creative gesture : eloquence of the gesture in Odissi danced theater), In Dialoghi tra teatro e neuroscienze, Université Sapienza, Roma, april 2012
• Des sens au sens : la sensation dans la pratique et dans l’esthétique Odissi », (From sensations to meaning : sense in Odissi practice and esthetics) actes de colloque hold in Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris Nord, march 201 http//www.mshparisnord.fr/fr/documentation/services-documentaires/documents-msh-paris-nord/actes-de-colloques.html
• “La dramatique lyrique du poème dansé odissi : une esthétique de la présence”, (Lyrical dramatic in Odissi ashtapadi : esthetics of presence), Cahiers Poétiques du CICEP, n°14, printemps 2010