Performances

As East Indian dance styles they share basic similarities in their technique, literary themes, religious and spiritual basis, and grace and lyricism. However, the two styles are also distinct enough that their contrasts also provide room for exploration. Performed by Sreyashi Dey and Poushali Chatterjee and their companies, this performance toured 13 cities in the US.

Shatarupa: Splendorous Myths and Divinities of India
2003
Shatarupa showcased the rich classical traditions of classical Indian dance in the Odissi style performed by well-known artists from India and Pittsburgh. Srishti's Artistic Director Sreyashi Dey was joined by Manoranjan Pradhan from Bhubaneswar, India and an international ensemble of artists in a performance that visually captured the many splendored mythology of India, the many Gods and Goddesses and their wondrous legends. This production toured to nine cities in the US.

Yaatra: Journey
2003
Yaatra: Journey was a performance piece meshing traditions of Indian classical and contemporary dance, and classical music. The theme of this piece was journeys, both on physical and metaphysical levels. The choreography explored many cycles: birth and death, sunrise to sunset during the course of a day, the cycle of seasons, and the acutely personal and emotional struggle to attain peace. The dancers made a unique journey to a river's source. The journey ultimately leads to birth, thus continuing the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Yaatra was about the journey of people.

Karna and Kunti
2002
A unique dance-theatre work "Karna and Kunti", based on Rabindranath Tagore's poetic work "Karna Kunti Sangbaad" was a new choreographic work in the Odissi and Kathakali dance styles of India, choreographed and performed by Sreyashi Dey and E. Kannan.

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