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Odissi Dance School India Cyclone Benefit Concert

Celebrate Odissi Dance and Help Cyclone Victims

Rudraprasad Swain and two additional internationally recognized dancers and dance teachers, Shalini and Shibani Patnaik, will be special guest artists at the Annual Program of the CWM Odissi Dance School on May 25.

In support of the victims of Cyclone Fani, which severely battered northeastern India and Bangladesh, this event will be a benefit concert. The damage from the cyclone has been especially catastrophic in the state of Odisha, the home of Odissi.

The recital will feature performances from all students. Students will present items they have studied at the school under the guidance of the Odissi Dance School’s resident dance master, Rudraprasad Swain, who will direct the program.

Admission is free, but donations for cyclone victims will be gratefully accepted.

Download flyer here.

  • Aftermath of Cyclone Fani

Saptavarna: Seven Shades of Dance

An Indian Dance Spectacular

Saptavarna: Seven Shades of Dance will showcase on one stage seven major dance forms of India: Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchupudi, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Manipuri, and Contemporary.

Each of the seven dance forms will be presented by eminent exponents of that form, comprising a total of twenty accomplished dancers from India. The program will feature an item entitled “The Bhagavad Gita: The Journey of Life,” which will explore—in dance and music—the spirituality and timeless lessons of that sacred text.

This extraordinary production was conceptualized by Director Aruna Mohanty, who is also responsible for overall choreography. One of India’s leading dancers and choreographers, Mohanty has received a number of awards for her work, including the Sangeeta Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shree Award from the Government of India.

A production of this scale necessarily has a pan-Indian, multicultural, multilingual approach. It promises further a delightful amalgam of different genres of music, a variety of colorful costumes, and captivating lighting and set design.

Director: Padma Shree Anruna Mohanty (Bhubaneshwar), Odissi

Co-choreographers: Anitha Guha (Chennai), Bharatanatyam | Janardhan Raj Urs (Bengaluru), Contemporary | Monisha Nayak (New Delhi), Kathak | Pallavi Krishnan (Kerala), Mohiniyattam | Avijit Das (Bengaluru), Kuchupudi | Priti Patel (Kolkata), Manipuri

Purchase Tickets

Admission: $40 (VIP seating, first 5 rows) or $30 (General Admission). Free for 2019 subscription patrons of the Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego.

Saptavarna: Seven Shades of Dance is a co-presentation of the CWM’s Odissi Dance School and the Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego.

Virtual Encounters: South Indian Classical Music featuring K. S. Resmi

This is the first of six programs in the Center for World Music’s Spring 2021 Virtual Encounters with World Music and Dance series.

South Indian Classical Music

Featuring K. S. Resmi with Ethnomusicologist N. Scott Robinson
Free Live Stream – View the Recorded Stream

This 50-minute live-hosted music and discussion event will foreground the human experience expressed through Carnatic vocal music, the classical tradition of South India. Among other topics, K. S. Resmi will explore the significance and transmission of South Indian vocal music through a carefully curated selection of videos. Joined by ethnomusicologist N. Scott Robinson, she will discuss the rich cultural context of the tradition and how practitioners are adapting their methods of transmitting this deeply meaningful and ancient art form in a time of connective technology. Special guest appearance by K. S. Resmi’s student, Esha Basoor, and musician Mark Holland.

Registration is free. A link to the live stream will be provided in your confirmation email. If you’d like to support the artists and the program, donations will be welcomed.

K. S. Resmi will be addressing questions from the audience. Guests will be invited to log into YouTube to comment and ask questions of the artist.

About K. S. Resmi

K. S. Resmi is a leading vocalist and teacher in Carnatic music tradition. A disciple of the renowned performer and scholar Dr. K. Omanakutty Amma, Resmi has studied Carnatic music for more than 35 years. She has performed on numerous tours throughout India, as well as in the USA, Germany, and Scotland. With nineteen CD recordings to her credit, she was the first woman to be featured on a recording of the music of the famous, elaborately costumed Kathakali dance of Kerala. She has also studied the Carnatic vina—a long, pear-shaped lute—as well as Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal music.

K. S. Resmi earned her B.A. and M.A  degrees in South Indian vocal music performance at the University of Kerala in India, where she is currently nearing completion of her Ph.D. She taught Carnatic vocal music as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Indian Music at the University of Madras (2004–07). Previously, she taught music at the Malabar Gopalan Nair Memorial Music and Research Center in Kerala (1995–2004).

In the United States, she has performed fusion concerts and recordings with Amrit Nataraj, Larry Coryell, N. Scott Robinson, Mark Holland, Dave Ballou, Shane Shanahan, Brandon Terzic, David Kuckhermann, Ensemble Datura, the Dale Ockerman Project, Oxymora, Yousif Sheronick, and Steáfán Hannigan.

K. S. Resmi currently lives in the U.S., splitting her time between San Diego and Baltimore. Learn more about K.S. Resmi at

About N. Scott Robinson

N. Scott Robinson is the Chair of the Music Department at San Diego Mesa College. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Kent State University. Scott is also a world percussionist/jazz drummer who has performed on the Grammy Award-winning CD Harlem Renaissance with the Benny Carter Big Band. Scott has performed and recorded with a long and varied list of prominent musicians of many disciplines including jazz, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Bulgarian among many others.

As a solo artist, N. Scott Robinson brings a breadth of diverse experience in world percussion traditions to the stage and classroom. He has given clinics, panel discussions, and concerts on diverse styles of hand drumming for national and international organizations.

Download the event poster, here.
Download the event program, here.

This series is sponsored by:

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From Sculpture To Movement at the Mingei International Museum

The Center for World Music is delighted to be part of the inauguration of the new Mingei International Museum. We celebrate this important moment with an Odissi dance presentation, From Sculpture To Movement. Dancers from the Center for World Music’s Odissi Dance school will perform two beautiful pieces bringing ancient Indian sculptures to life.  The event will be on Saturday, September 4, with two showings inaugurating the museum’s superb new Theater. Admission is free, but those wishing to attend are required to RSVP using the links below.

11:00 AM Showing – SOLD OUT

2:00 PM Showing – RSVP now

From Sculpture To Movement

Odissi, a form of Indian classical dance from the eastern state of Odisha in India, dates back to the 2nd century BC. Once nearly extinct, its revival in the 1950s can be credited to evidence from paintings and sculptures from ancient temples, palm leaf manuscripts, and ancient texts, as well as the memories of traditional temple dancers. Odissi has become well known for its lyrical nature, fluid movements, and unique body positions. 

Pallavi: Elaboration
Dancers from the Center for World Music Odissi School will present a pallavi. Meaning “elaboration,” the pallavi is a pure dance form in the sense that it does not tell a story but is valued for the intrinsic beauty of the dance itself. The piece starts with slow, lyrical movements and then evolves into fast-paced footwork and complex body movements. This dynamic dance will be performed by Arundhati Chakraborty, Bhakti Tantod, Namrata Bhargava, and Shweta Shetty.

Saṃsāra: Cycle of Life
Leading US-born Odissi dancer Shibani Patnaik will perform Saṃsāra: Cycle of Life. A contemporary composition, the piece depicts the soul’s journey through the process of birth, death, and reincarnation. Shibani explores the concept of saṃsāra and themes related to the flow of life through excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita, a much-loved Hindu scripture, and the Bhaja Govindam, a hymn by the 8th-century theologian Shankara. As opposed to the pure dance of the previous piece, this item is an example of abhinaya or expression-based dance, in which Shibani expresses emotions and concepts through hand gestures and facial expressions, enacting the narrative of the accompanying lyrics.

Mingei International Museum Re-Opening

Entry into the Museum over Labor Day weekend, from Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6, will be free as a gift to San Diego. The Museum will be open 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, seven days a week, with expanded evening hours until 8:00 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit the Mingei International Museum website for details and a full list of special events.

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture.