Dear art lovers and artists,
The International Institute for Culture and Performing Arts Development, (IICPD) at the Texas A&M University at the Houston Durga Bari Auditorium and the Anjali Center for Performing Arts, presents the 3rd North American Odissi Convention, 2014 on JUNE 1ST, 2014 (2-6 PM), co-organised by Srjan- Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Nrityabasa at the Houston Durga Bari Society Kalabhaban, Houston, Texas.
This will be followed by an Odissi workshop and an Abhinaya or Natyashstra Workshop with Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, the son of legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, on June 5th (evening), 6th (evening) and 7th (day & evening) at the Kalabhaban for all age groups. This is a one-time opportunity for all talented youths to explore, participate and perform on a prestigious platform, as the festival and workshop revolves around Texas in different cities. We encourage you to bring students, dancers, families, guests and art lovers to grace this occassion.
All are cordially invited to participate in this event, both the June 1st event and the workshop on 5,6 and 7th June, named after Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, (the founder and resurrector of Indian Classical 'Odissi' dance form)- "Kelucharan Guna Keertanam" - the 3rd North American Odissi Convention 2014! We whole-heartedly wish to celebrate with you the memories and work of art left by the great maestro for us to cherish, extend and evolve through our artistic endeavors.
Convention: Sunday, June 1st, 2014, 2-6:30 pm
Odissi workshop and abhinaya/natyashastra workshop:
June 5, 6, 7th, 2014
Where: Sur Auditorium @ Houston Durga Bari Society, Houston, 13944 Schiller Rd, Houston, TX 77082.
Tickets : Contact organizer: Smt. Aparupa Chatterjee at
9794921751 for tickets and participation OR BUY ONLINE (link will be provided soon!)
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra- the man, who almost single-handedly resurrected Odissi dance from near extinction, is no more. The man who spent a life time grooming disciples of the caliber of Sanjukta Panigrahi, Kumkum Mohanty, Sonal Mansingh, Madhavi Mudgal and countless others, is no more. The man, who started life as an impoverished mason and rose to merit a Padmabibhushan award, is no more. The legend breathed his last at the age of 79, in 2004, having lived a life enriched by the constant need to create aesthetic beauty in dance and in everything else he touched. The journey of his life is known to almost everyone in this country and abroad; in his passing, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra has left behind vibrant memories that will stay with us for a life-time. Such men are rare and will not be easily forgotten.
It is now left to us to extend his priceless legacy in performing, teaching and in recognizing due artistic merit in our environment. With precisely this in mind, the “Kelucharan Guna Keertanam” is instituting its 3rd convention in 2014, in remembrance of the 10th year of Guruji's passing. It is our sacred responsibility to organize the event with the flair that Guruji always expected from us. The aim of “Kelucharan Guna Keertanam” is simply to bring together Guruji’s extended family, namely his friends, well wishers, colleagues, and particularly his beloved students who have dedicated their lives to traditional Odissi dance. And in this effort we need your good wishes and generous support. Your gracious presence will nourish the feeling that we, at IICPD, are not alone in carrying out Guruji’s fond wishes, after his passing.
The international and domestic artist showcase will feature established artists/ experts from Canada, India, Michigan, Austin, Dallas, College Station, Houston, San Antonio, California and Minnesota.
Odissi Institute at Texas A&M University;