Ishika & Kritika

Ishika Rajan and Kritika Rajan are twin daughters and disciples of Sreyashi Dey. With a deep interest in performing arts since early childhood, they have performed widely with Sreyashi as well as on their own. Apart from performing in several cities in the US, they have performed internationally in India as well as in Southeast Asia. They have also received training since their childhood from Guru Manoranjan Pradhan of the Orissa Dance Academy in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, and have shown tremendous dedication in the study of Indian classical dance.

In the US, they have toured with Srishti Dances of India to San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and Minnesota, in addition to performing widely in and around Pittsburgh, PA and Ann Arbor, MI. In Pittsburgh they have performed at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Frick Fine Arts, SV Temple, Carnegie Museum, the Children's Museum, etc. In Ann Arbor, their performances have been at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Mendelssohn Theater at the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Copper Colored Mountain Arts Center, Troy Temple and the Detroit Institute for the Arts.

Ishika and Kritika are recognized as extraordinarily talented Odissi dancers of the new generation. Their dance has been acclaimed for its technical perfection as well as its pleasing visual geometry reminiscent of temple sculptures from Orissa. Their duet performance of "Dasavatar" where they perform the epic story with dazzling energy and powerful facial expressions, always elicits a special audience response, very often a standing ovation.

Ishika and Kritika are 12th grade students at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to excelling in dance, they are exceptional students, maintaining equally high standards in academics.

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