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Sandhyadipa Kar


3060 Edmund Court, Brunswick Hills,  OH 44212

Phone: +1(330) 225 6518, +1(440) 759 1727

EMAIL: mailto:sandhyadipa@yahoo.com

 

BACKGROUND

Sandhyadipa Kar is from a family of renown artists of Orissa, India. Her grandfather, Pandit Khetramohan Kar was a noted Tabla-maestro of Puri and her father, Shri Prafulla Kar is a well know music director, singer and lyricist.


TRAINING AND PERFORMANCES

Sandhyadipa began her training in Odissi dance in 1982 under the tutelage of Padma Bibhusan Guru Shri Kelucharan Mohapatra. She has since performed on numerous occasions in both India and Abroad. Some of her performances are listed below:

n     All India Medical Conference, Cuttack, India - 1983

n     Odisi Dance Festival, Bangalore, India - 1985

n     Odissi Dance Festival at Mukteswar Temple, Bhubaneswar, India - 1986

n     Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR), New Delhi - 1986

n     Eastern Zone Nagarpalika Sammelan in honor of the then Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, Cuttack, India - 1987

n     Festival of India in Russia (formerly USSR), organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of India - 1987

n     Konark Dance Festival - 1989 and 1992

n     “Kal Ke Kalakaar” Festival organized by Sur Sringar Samsad, Bombay - 1989

n     Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Bombay - 1990

n     Festival of India in Germany - 1992

n     Dance tour of France - 1992

n     Dance tour of 20 U.S. cities with Padma Shree Sanjukta Panigrahi - 1992

n     Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras, India - 1995

n     Sreechitra Festival, Trivandrum, India - 1996

n     Conducted lecture demonstration and dance workshop for the annual Ohio dance festival at Wittenberg, Springfield -1999, 2000.

n     Conducted dance workshop for children at the Wexner Centre Family Day-1998.

n     Performed in concerts in cities across Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinatti) in 2000 with colleagues from India

n     Performed as a special artist in Chitralekha Dance Creations' presentation of 'Panchadeva' and 'Jai Ganesh' in Hart House Theatre, Toronto, October 2001.

n     “Sur-Sangam”, Odissi Dance tour, September – November 2004 – 24 concerts in 22 U.S. cities.

n  Performed and conducted workshop at Hartnell College, Salinas, California for their 85th anniversary celebration in November 2005.

n  Performed and conducted workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Dec 2004 - Jan 2005, Dec 2007 - Jan 2008

n  Dance tour of Europe (Hungary, Germany, France, United Kingdom) - Jul 2005 - Oct 2005.

n  Odissi Dance Workshops in Hungary and France – Summer 2005

n  Dance Tour of Europe (Belgium, Hungary, Germany, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic) - June 2006 - Oct 2006, June 2007 – Aug 2007

n  Odissi Dance Workshops in Hungary, Italy and Czech Republic – Summer 2006 and 2007

n  Dance Tour of Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Austria) - June 2009 - Sep 2009

n  Odissi dance workshops in Hungary – Summer 2009

n  Performed for the Internationales Theater, Frankfurt - Dec 2009

n  Performed along with RIMPA (Hungary) as their special guest artist for the 30th anniversary of the Indian Music club in Marczibanyi Cultural Centre, Budapest – Dec 2009

n  Workshops conducted in Hungary - Dec 2009

n  Performed and conducted Workshops in Sao Paulo, Brazil - March - April 2010

n  Dance Tour of Europe (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia) - July - Sep 2010

n  Odissi Dance Workshops conducted in Hungary - Summer 2010

n  Odissi Dance Recitals and Workshops in Hungary - June 2011, June 2013

n  Performed and conducted Workshops in and around Sao Paulo, Brazil - July - August 2011, July - August 2013, July - August 2015, November - December 2017

n  Odissi Dance Recitals and Workshops in Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary - Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016, September - October 2017

Sandhyadipa has performed both solo and in ballets with well know exponents of Odissi dance like, Padma Shree Late Sanjukta Panigrahi and Padma Bibhusan Late Guru Shri Kelucharan Mohapatra. She was invited by Central Sangeet Natak Academy, India to perform in their Dance Festival in 1996. She has also worked with the renowned Indian Film Director, Shyam Benegal, for his documentary on 50 years of Indian independence.


AWARDS

Sandhyadipa was awarded the title of “Sringar Mani” by Sur Sringar Samsad, Bombay in 1990 for excellence in Odissi Dance.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Sandhyadipa has been teaching Odissi dance for the last 24 years. She has been involved in a number of Odissi workshops with Padmabibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra since 1982. She is a part of Guruji’s dance institute “Srijan”.

Sandhyadipa is currently settled in the United States and in actively involved in promoting and teaching Odissi dance and music.


ACCOLADES

“Sandhyadipa is one of the most talented dancers among my disciples. She is an excellent performer and a brilliant teacher. One finds in her a disciplined dancer with a deep understanding towards her art-form” - Padma Bibhushan Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra

“Trained under the guidance of Padma Bibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Sandhyadipa is one of the brightest talents among the young generation of Odissi dancers today. Endowed with pleasing personality, she performs with confidence. Her slender form falls into various postures with effortless grace and poise. She has infused in her a sense of neat artistry and discipline.” - Late Padma Shree Late Sanjukta Panigrahi

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