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In the Indian tradition, dance was meant to provide moments of connectivity between body and spirit, to which the audience was invited to participate. Dance Routes has explored this objective through all its performances, both in solo works and group productions.

Milestone group productions include Dhara (with variations and changes in cast through 2007/2011), Anganyasa (2010/11), Yatra (2015) and Invocations (2017).

All productions were created using material from the choreographic repertoire of Dance Routes. (See choreographic notes).      



dhara 2006|dhara 2007|dhara 2010anganyasa|yatra |invocations


YATRA 2015

yatra2015 Yatra is a tribute to the folk and ritual origins of classical odissi dance, drawing from the traditional repertoires of both the odissi and gotipua traditions. The performance is structured on the pattern of the classical odissi margam, interspersing group choreography with solo pieces.

Artistic Direction:Rekha Tandon
Dancers in Group:Purnachandra Maharana, Kalucharan Baral, Bappi Malik, Kashinath Pradhan, Shrishti Dangi
Soloist:Rekha Tandon
Lighting:Jean Legrand
Projections:Robyn Beeche (Photography) Rabindranath Sahu (Drawings)
Video Cameras:Sasikanth Somu
Video & Projection Editing :Michael Weston
Musical Arrangements:Michael Weston & Siba Prasad Rath (Kuru Yadu Nandana)
Recording Engineer :Debu Mohapatra
Recorded at :Sarthak Studios, Bhubaneswar & Aastha Studios, Pondicherry


Musicians used in the production are:

1. Invocation (group) Raag Bhopali, Vilambith Ekthaali & Kaharwa (4 beat cycle)

Vocal:Dheeraj Mohapatra
Sarod:Debi Prasad Ghosh
Toorie :Nakula Malik
Thelinga Baja:Budhia Bhuiyya
Jodi Nagara:Ghana Malik
Dholak:Bansidhar Malik
Mardala :Sachidananda Das
Manjira:Murali Dhar Swain


2. Pallavi (solo) Raag Bilahari, Ekthaali

Sitar:Jeeban Prakash Das
Violin:Ramesh Chandra Das
Mardala :Kalindi Parida
Manjira:Kalindi Parida


3. Abhinaya (group) Traditional bhajan, Triputa taal (3,2,2 beat cycle)

Vocal:Dheeraj Mohapatra
Flute:Abhiram Nanda
Violin :Ramesh Chandra Das
Mardala :Kalindi Parida
Manjira :Prashanth Maharana


4. Kuru Yadu Nandana (solo) Raag Vilaskhani Todi and Bhairavi, Roopak taal (3,4 beat cycle)

Vocal:Siba Prasad Rath
Flute:Kailash Sharma
Mardala :Sachidananda Das
Manjira :Murali Dhar Swain


5. Namasthe Pundarikaksha (group) Raag Bhairavi, Aaditaal (4,2,2 beat cycle)

Chants:Siba Prasad Rath
Flute:Abhiram Nanda
Violin :Nilendranath Patra
Sitar :Jeeban Prakash Das
Keyboards :Michael Weston
Mardala :Sachidananda Das
Manjira :Murali Dhar Swain






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