Here's something that should give Prabhudeva a complex, with an Italian touch.
Padmasri Dr. Ileana Citaristi is giving an Odissi performance as part of the annual cultural festival of the Society For Promotion Of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY), Virasaat 2009, ebing organized in association with the University Of Hyderabad. The concert will begin at 8pm.
Odissi, the dance form from our north-eastern neighbour Orissa, is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the tribhangi - the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis.
Ileana Citaristi is an Italian dancer who has made India her home since 1979. She has a Doctorate in philosophy with a thesis on Psychoanalysis and Eastern Mythology, and is a dancer and choreographer in Odissi and Chau. She has a 5-year experience as an actress in traditional and experimental theatre in Italy.
Ileana underwent Odissi dance training under Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra from 1979, and had a 6-year training in the Mayurbhanji style of Chhau (a dance form combining martial, ritual and folk vocabulary) under Guru Sri Hari Nayak.
She is the founder secretary Art Vision Dance Academi (Bhubaneswar) and an 'A' grade artist for Doordarshan. She choreographed several ballets, including Echo And Narcissus (solo) in Bombay (1985), The Wreck (solo) in New Delhi (1988), Icarus (group) in New Delhi (1991), I Have A Dream (group) at Palermo, Sparsh at Bhubneswar (duet)and Mahanadi And The River Flows (group) at Bhubaneswar.
She has also created some Odissi compositions, some of which are:
Mangala Charan form - Kapalika Shiva (1991), Surya Stuti (1995) and Shivastakam (2000);
Pallavi form - Bhakula Bharanam (1992), Bimpallasi (1995), Kolavati (2001), Belaboli (2008); Abhinaya form - Ganga Yamuna (1993), Kubuja (1995), Madhura Bachana (1998), Dasa Mahavidya (1999), Kahi Galle Murali Punka (2003), Chitrangada (2004), Karna (2007) and Sharanam (2008)
Citaristi has also worked in collaboration with films, having done some research for A Tribute To Odissi (directed by Goutam Gose) and for Martial Art Of Orissa, among others.
The artiste's award's include Leonide Massine for the Art of Dance in Italy, Cine Critic Association Award in Calcutta, National Award for Best Choreography for film Yugant in New Delhi, Prananath Patnaik Award in Bhubaneswar, and last but not the least, the Padmasri.
Please contact Neha at 98661-39840 or Ashish at 94901-22248 for further details.