Oct. 19 2011 12:00 AM

Concert showcases two classical Indian dance styles

As we’ve seen in Bollywood movies, India is dedicated to
dancing. Local audiences will get a chance to experience this bit of
Indian culture Saturday at “Nritya Chitra: Envisioned Gestures.”

The event combines two styles of Indian dance as a
celebration of the spirituality and culture they represent, said
Shreelina Ghosh, one of the featured dancers. The styles were
originally performed in temples as part of religious rituals, she added.

Dancers will perform Odissi- and Bharatanatyam-style
dances, both of which are more than 1,000 years old. Odissi is a form
of dance from east India and is the oldest surviving dance of the
country. Bharatanatyam originated in southern India and is one the most
popular dance performances. 

“Odissi is soft and lyrical, and Bharatanatyam is bold
and rigourous,” said Ghosh, who specializes in Odissi. “The
juxtaposition of the two styles in the event will help the audience
understand the uniqueness of the styles.” 

Performers include Michigan Odissi Dance Academy founder
Manasi Mishra, Michigan State University graduate students Shalini
Vijayarajan and Sudha Sankar and students of Mishra’s academy.

‘’Nritya Chitra: Envisioned Gestures’

Kinawa Middle School auditorium

1900 Kinawa Dr., Okemos

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22


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