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
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 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
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.