One thing that I have always tried to understand is this obsession dancers have with needing to constantly learn new items, especially when they are not quite at that stage to learn a particular piece. I see this trend happening a lot, especially with visiting students, for whom a new choreography is the product they are purchasing in their time here.
In a few days, I will be leaving for a 1-month dance tour of Europe. I having been doing these tours for the last couple of years, traveling to different cities to present Odissi through performances, workshops and lecture-demonstrations. My time in Europe has been an incredibly eye-opening experience on many levels, and is something I look forward to every year. Besides the opportunity to visit and learn about these beautiful countries with their vast histories and culture, it is particularly interesting to understand the relationship between Indian culture and performing arts in the local cultural context.
Hello Readers!!! I am so happy to finally launch ‘odissinomad,’ – a blog that I have been thinking about for the last couple of years to finally put to the page my own personal journey in dance, and some of the questions and concerns I have along the way. For those of you who read ‘Global Rasika,’ [www.globalrasika.com] this is far less academic/research – oriented and more of my own personal musings, though I do imagine there will be some overlap here and there as far as some of these issues are concerned. So yes, it is a bit of an indulgence, but one that I hope others may find engaging. Welcome to my virtual world, and Happy Reading!
Bhubaneswar: April 10, 2017