Madhavi Mudgal / Nadhi Thekkek

Saturday July 7th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center
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Opening Performance by Nadhi Thekkek

Featured performance by Madhavi Mudgal Dance Company
One of the leading classical dancers of India, Madhavi Mudgal is a highly renowned exponent of the Odissi style. A prime disciple of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she is credited with bringing a greatly refined sensibility to her art form. She has received repeated acclaim in the major cities and dance festivals that have featured her throughout the world.

Of her dance, Alastair Macaulay writes after the Edinburgh Festival (Times Literary Supplement, London): “A dancer to be compared with Margot Fonteyn. . .The proportions and coordination of her dancing were transporting. Its movement emanated from an inner calm, passing through a beautifully lively torso to reveal each dance with decisive architecture in time and space, before returning, often, to a still centre. . .” Madhavi has been associated with the making of several films and audiovisuals on Odissi as well as with the organization of some of the most widely appreciated specialized dance festivals in India. Apart from establishing a niche in the international dance
scene as a soloist, she has received critical acclaim for her choreographic works : her extensive training under renowned gurus from childhood, and her family’s musical background having provided her with a rare insight into the art of choreography. Her commitment to the continuation and augmentation of her chosen art form has seen her as one of the foremost teachers in her generation, initiating beginners as well as senior students into the finer nuances of Odissi at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, one of the premier institutes in the country.