An ancient classical dance form of India will come to life at William Woods University when a student organization from the University of Missouri performs Odissi Nov. 19.
The performance at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center is free and open to the public.
Performing to the music of melodious Indian Ragas, dancers of the MU Dance and Recreation Association (MUDRA) beautifully adorn themselves in bright colored costumes, silver ornaments and hand paintings.
MUDRA is dedicated to the promotion of Indian classical dance through performances, workshops and collaborative choreography. It is led by the accomplished Odissi dancer, Aditi Bandyopadhyay, who received her training in dance from Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and other renowned maestros in the field of Odissi. She is a medical graduate from India, who is pursuing her master’s degree in health administration at MU.
Odissi dance is characterized by symmetrical stylized footwork and controlled body movements that mimic expressions found on the walls of ancient temples in the eastern part of India. The dance is considered to be a pure and sacred art form as it was originally practiced as a part of rituals in the temples as an offering to the Gods.
The event is sponsored by Tammy Carter, WWU’s coordinator of multicultural affairs. For more information, contact Carter at (573) 592-4358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.