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Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival 2020

Woodside High Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave, Woodside, CA 94062

25 Apr, 2020
25 Apr, 2020

On Saturday Apr 25 at 4:00 PM
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival 2020 is Guru Shradha's tribute to
legendary master, Odissi dancer, musician, and choreographer, Guru
Kelucharan Mohapatra.
This year's festival highlight will be the
world premiere of Guru Shradha's first production, Panchatantra Tales of
Unity in Diversity, choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra.
today's world where we see a prevalence of divisiveness, we seek to
share the stories of the Panchatantra - an ancient collection of animal
fables - as a reminder of the universal values of unity, friendship,
compassion, and mutual respect, in the hopes of creating a more peaceful
and humane world. Collectively, a society is stronger and more vibrant
when we appreciate and accept differences and realize our distinctive
qualities, which can empower us to overcome greater obstacles. Since the
timeless messages of the Panchatantra are portrayed through the
universally relatable characterization of animals, we hope to attract a
diverse audience of all ages, including children.
Odissi dance,
which has its roots in ancient temple sculptures in eastern India, is
characterized by the juxtaposition of fluid torso movements and strong
footwork that also give the dance it's unique lyrical grace. Guru
Kelucharan Mohapatra is considered one of the founding fathers of Odissi
as we know it today. Guru Shradha's festival will feature the late Guru
Kelucharan Mohapatra's son, Guru Ratikant Mohapatra who will join Guru
Shradha's founder/director, Niharika Mohanty.

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