Leela Samson’s Workshop 2011

Work in an intimate setting with the dance pioneer Leela Samson

Leela SamsonParticipants will learn one item and then Ms Samson will explore the dynamics of group choreography by adapting the dance item taught into group choreography. For advanced Bharata Natyam dancers–post Arengetram level highly recommended.

Dates of workshop will be between Monday October 3rd through Wednesday October 5th. Final times will be published by the end of August. Participants will learn a historic dance “Nee Uraippai Hanumane” originally choreographed by Rukmini Devi Arundale. Leela akka learnt this dance directly from Rukmini devi and this will be a rare opportunity to learn one of the Kalakshetra items first hand from Leela akka. We encourage workshop participants to stay for Leela akka’s Solo performance on October 7th and the Kalakshetra group performance on October 8th.

Venue: Workshop will take place from 9 am to 12 pm in the mornings on October 3, 4 and 5th, in Silver Spring, at the Maryland Youth Ballet–easily accessible on the subway or metro buses.

Cost of workshop is $450. Only online payments will be accepted.

Leela Samson is among India’s most dynamic and technically brilliant dancers, an outstanding representative of Kalakshetra, the famed institute for the classical arts founded by the late Rukmini Devi Arundale on the Chennai ocean front. She joined Kalakshetra as a young child and her formative years were spent in imbibing the nuances of Bharata Natyam and related arts at the feet of celebrated gurus.

Her personal style is unostentatious, serene and characterized by an impeccable technique that blends geometrical precision with vibrancy and an unfettered ease. Her rhythmic acumen is apparent in dance compositions containing varied and challenging percussion patterns. Among the many honours conferred on her, Leela Samson was awarded the prestigious Padmashri by the President of India in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the art of Bharata Natyam as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award instituted by the apex cultural body of the Government of India. Currently, she is the Director of Kalakshetra, Chennai, the oldest dance/theater institution in India.