Kalaivani and Aarthi channel strength and grace for the Raga 2020 Odissi performance

Few minutes into the shoot and one can make out the powerful chemistry between Odissi dancers, Kalaivani Kumareswaran and Aarthi Subhash. 

“At once taut and masculine then soft and feminine,” is the way they describe the ‘Grit and Grace’ of Odissi in their upcoming sensual dance performance called Quintessence - An Odissi Dance Duet for the Raga 2020 series by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.  

Both erstwhile Bharatnatyam dancers will be performing Quintessence to live music by artists from India, choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, dancer, percussionist, and archivist of Odissi dance. Son of Guru Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the first person to receive the Padma Vibhushan from Odisha. 

Guru Kelucharan the legendary dancer, guru, and exponent of Odissi dance, is credited with the revival and growing the popularity of Odissi in the 20th century. 

You can buy tickets for the show by clicking on the link below:

Quintessence - An Odissi Dance Duet
When: 21 Mar 2020, Sat, 8pm 
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Entry: SGD 25

Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN & Entertainment

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.


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