Samhara is a new work by Nrityagram that explores two classical Indian dance forms,
Odissi and Bharata Natyam, and Kandyan Dance from Sri Lanka, to create a seamless work that
reflects the cultural connections of the diverse peoples of South Asia.
The artistic collaborators from
Nrityagram include: Surupa Sen, Artistic Director & Choreographer; Bijayini Satpathy, Odissi Soloist &
Director of the Odissi School; and Upeka Chitrasena, the foremost Kandyan dancer of Sri Lanka.
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded worldwide as one of the foremost dance companies of India.
With exceptional synchronicity, compelling physicality, and emotional honesty, the ensemble has earned national and international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance
and theater, to create and communicate with powerful imagery and captivating movement.
At Nrityagram village, dance is a way of life. Following an impossible dream, the founder,
Protima Gauri — an exquisite Odissi dancer herself — converted 10 acres of farmland into an ideal setting for the study, practice, and teaching of classical dance.
Reminiscent of ancient ashrams where gurus imparted not only technique but also a philosophy of being, it is a creative space where dancers, musicians,
and choreographers live together, sharing their skills and developing their art.
The dancers study yoga, meditation, and the martial arts as well as Sanskrit, mythology, and literature.
Knowledge passed from guru to disciple ensures the continuity of the classical arts.