A Masterclass on exploring Ashtapadi

Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance in collaboration with Kalasindhu Academy for dance and related arts presents a ‘Masterclass on exploring Ashtapadi’ by Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh from 11th-13th October at Kalasindhu Academy for dance and related arts, Banashankari. The three-day masterclass by Dr Sonal Mansingh has been designed for dancers to discover the techniques and intricacies of Ashtapadi, an admired verse from Jayadeva’s Geeta Govindam that has inspired dancers from all genres of Indian classical dance. With an aim to provide an opportunity to learn more about this composition from a master artist, Sharmila Mukerjee of Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance has curated this event to encourage classical dancers across dance forms to delve into the esoteric nuances of Ashtapadi.

The workshop is open to senior classical dancers (5+ years) who are passionate about exploring a fresh perspective on the theoretical and conceptual intricacies involved in interpreting and choreographing an Ashtapadi.

Considered one of the masterpieces in divine romance, ‘Ashtapadi’ is a part of celebrated poet Jayadeva’s Geeta Govindam. It describes the beauty of Lord Krishna and the love between Krishna and the gopis.  This lyrical composition is a timeless classic that has found a strong footing across all Indian classical dance forms. The versatility of the piece is evident in the multiple interpretations of the work in different dance forms.

As a city known for it’s love and growing interest for Indian Classical dance forms, this masterclass hosted by Sanjali Centre  presents a unique opportunity for senior classical dancers to rediscover the eternal appeal of Ashtapadi from a stalwart like Dr Sonal Mansingh. Through the masterclass, participants will get insights on Dr Sonal’s in-depth understanding of Jayadeva’s Geeta govindam and her interpretation of Ashtapadi.

Dr Sonal Mansingh, known for her talent and eloquence, is a revered name in the field of Indian classical dance. A gifted orator, a brilliant choreographer and a natural storyteller is how one would describe Dr. Sonal Mansingh. As one of the foremost exponents of Odissi and Bharatanatyam, Dr. Sonal Mansingh has the ability to breeze through both these art forms with ease.  A  versatile dancer who transcends boundaries of dance forms, her upcoming association with Sanjali is an inclusive masterclass for dancer across all Indian classical dance forms.

When: 11th -13th October. 11th October- 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm. 12th-13th October 9am to 1pm.

Where:  Kalasindhu Academy for Dance and Related Arts, 12, 1st East Main Rd, Vidyapeeta Layout, ITI Layout, Banashankari Stage II, Banashankari, Bengaluru