Leela Samson/Bragha Bessell Workshops
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company presents an intimate workshop with Leela Samson and Bragha Bessell, the leading exponents of Bharata Natyam. Work one on one in small class sizes with these master teachers. This residency is presented in collaboration with Kuchipudi Kalanidhi. Work shop fees are $450.
Tuesday April 23 7-10 pm
Wednesday April 24 7-10 pm
Thursday April 25 7-10 pm
Maryland Youth Ballet (On RED line metro stop)
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD
The workshop fees are $450.00.
For daytime workshop details please visit www.kalanidhi.org.
Leela Samson is an alumnus of Kalakshetra. Her seemingly understated delineation conceals a powerful and inspired inner
source, which gradually unfolds before the viewer. She is a virtuoso performer and a sensitive interpreter of the nuances of Bharatanatyam.
Two significant documentary films have been made on Leela Samson – ‘Sanchari’ by Arun Khopkar and ‘The Flowering Tree’ by Ein Lall. Leela is the recipient of the Sanskriti Award in 1982, the Padmashri Award in 1990, the Nritya Choodamani Award in 1997 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2000. She served as Director of the Kalakshetra Foundation from 2005 to 2012. She is Chairman of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi as well as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification.
Spanda, a group that presents works conceived and choreographed by Leela Samson, attempts to explore bharata natyam. Launched in September 1995, Spanda now has an evolving repertoire. Spanda is ‘a vibration’ or pulse and is symbolic of the enduring and perpetual energy that is the life force of the universe. It acknowledges prithvi – the earth, as the central source of energy in the universe, as the nabha, the womb is the energy centre of the human body.
Bragha is a consummate artist. She has been a senior student of Adyar K Lakshman and Kalanidhi Narayanan and is renowned for her abhinaya. She is the quintessential Bharata Natayam dancer, totally immersed in the art of learning and in the emotional aspects of the music she portrays. Bragha has a simple, unassuming presence, until she begins to weave magic on her audience with her sophisticated mimetic skills.
She has often played the lead roles in her teachers’ dance productions and also teaches at her guru’s institute. With many awards to her credit, she has given numerous performances in India and abroad. She has participated in dance festivals in Chennai and has performed extensively in India, the United States, Canada and throughout Europe. She has made TV appearances in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Japan and on AsiaNet. She has also conducted many workshops and lecture demonstrations. Her classes in Abhinaya, interpretation and choreography are eagerly attended by senior dancers, teachers and students.
Advanced dancers will get to work in a professional setting with two renowned master teachers each evening. There will be three sessions of 90-120 minutes with both Leela akka and Bragha akka. Must be able to work in a quick pace of a dance intensive.