Community Arts & Cultural Development

Parampara: The Making of Dance

Parampara: The Making of Dance considers the process of creativity and choreography of Odissi. It is an in-depth look at the creation of dance and the source of its materials and inspiration.

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In the history of Odissi dance, which was revived in the 1950s, the work of recreating and reinventing dance was done by four different gurus who each had a different approach. Each one of these gurus had fresh inspiration based on sculptures, surviving traditions and also the creation of new music. From those four gurus, in today’s generation there are many dancers and choreographers who are still working on that level of creativity.

Odissi is really a contemporary experience based on tradition, however its contemporariness has not been highlighted, and the levels of its creativity have not been recognised, because of the labeling of the dance as tradition.

In this program Chandrabhanu, working with dancers Roshni and Uthra, two senior dancers form the Bharatalya Academy, and Flamenco dancer Laura Uhe, will evolve a performance that is based on the sources of creativity in making a dance, along with the creation of new music which has been undertaken by Krushna Chandra Ray.

The environment of Melbourne has seen Chandrabhanu’s creativity since 1978. Chandrabhanu founded the Bharatam Dance Company, for which he created over 40 full length works in the Bharatnatyam, Odissi and contemporary dance genres. His ability lies in very conscious awareness of the development of Bharatnatyam and Odissi within the Australian context, but drawing from the traditions that were transplanted from India to Australia.

Since 2013, JAIA under the creative direction of Chandrabhanu has staged spectacular Odissi and Bharathanaytam productions ranging from traditional to contemporary. JAIA provides a platform for the next generation of Indian-Australian classical dancers to push the boundaries of the art form and bring it to a wider Australian audience.

Parampara is enhanced by the music of Indian-based professional musicians, and includes new compositions created specifically for the show. Money raised goes towards costs of the orchestra and the cost of staging the show.

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Jambudvipa Association of Indian Arts (JAIA) is a non-profit organisation supporting Melbourne-based Indian Classical dancers specialising in Odissi and Bharatanatyam. Since its founding under the guidance of renowned dancer and choreographer Dr Chandrabhanu OAM, JAIA has staged a number of major productions in both styles of dance with professional-level dancers including “Mariamman” (2013), “Ras Leela” (2013), “Geeta Govinda Part 1” (2014), “Geeta Govinda Parts 2 and 3” (2017) and now “Parampara – The Making of Dance” (2019).

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