“Woman: A search”,‏ at Harbourfront Centre on MAR 21

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Enakshi Sinha’s Mrudanga Dance Academy presents: Woman: A Search

March 21 @ 7:00 pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

It tells the stories of two women through poetry, theater, dance, and music. In one story, we meet a young girl who grows up knowing that her family had wanted a son, not her. In another, we see how a woman thirsts for an identity society refuses to give her, and how her quest for love and search for justice morph into one.

Through this event, we are participating in the international campaign Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It, led by UN Women. It is part of Canada’s premier dance series the NEXTSTEPS season 2014/15.

As a dancer and choreographer, my hope is this work is to use the power of dance to transcend as many boundaries as possible, and to connect to my audience with the power of the narrative, which I believe is universal. For more details please visit HERE.

Enakshi is rewarded with a legacy of this beautiful art form (Odissi dance) that does not cease to amaze her with its potential for artistic exploration and personal transformation. Through every performance under the watchful eyes of her Gurus, the unceasing scope of Odissi and its myriad facets of improvisation and collaboration have unfolded.

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Enakshi’s goal is to create an awareness of the rich cultural heritage of classical Indian art by creating collaborative dance productions with artistes from all over the world.

Enakshi cultivated a life -long devotion to Indian classical dance starting with Bharatnatyam from the tender age of five. Trained in Bharatnatyam dance in Kalamandalam under the guidance of Smt. Thankumuni Kutty, and attend 1st class diploma course.

She later passionately fell in love with Odissi dance. Enakshi learnt this subtle dance form from Smt.Sharmila Biswas at Odissi Vision & Movement Centre (OVM) and became a regular repertory dancer in her Company. Her distinctive style came from the direct training by Padmavibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, a legendary name in Odissi dance and Guru Ratikant Mohapatra in Srjan, Bhubaneswar.

To further enhance the knowledge in Odissi dance she received guidance from Shashimoni & Parashmoni Mahari (existing Maharis in the Puri temple) in the old Temple form of Odissi Dance in OVM. She has the opportunity to assist Smt. Biswas in her research project of folk dance for which Enakshi received training in the folk tradition of Western Orissa from Shri Lingaraj Swain.

To develop her dance further she later learned the intricacy of facial expression from Guru Govindam Kutty.

Her active career spans over the last 15 years.

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For tickets CLICK HERE
Or call the box Office @ 416-973-4000
Purchase tickets @ $50 and $25
Senior 10% discount
Students discount under age 25 is $15
CADA-ON Members: 10% discount off tickets!

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Creative direction: Award winning performer Enakshi Sinha http://www.enakshi.org/

Narrator: South Asian Legendary artist Lata Pada

Research and translation: Dr. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed

Performers: Enakshi Sinha, Harikishan S. Nair, Owais Lightwala and students of Mrudanga Dance Academy.

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