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The stunning performance given by Jaya Mehta and Swaati Vivek was a classic treat to the eye. What impressed me most is that through descriptions they related miniature paintings and sculptures to their work. This very fact made the entire presentation twice more informative and made me respect their zeal in bringing Indian classical dance to the frontiers of our lives.
I look forward to many more such performances, to enrich myself and others around in the knowledge that they are so beautifully distributing with the right perspective.
Deepali Bose,
Head of Art Department, Sun City World School, Gurgaon.
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"Jaya Mehta’s dance was so incredibly filled with emotions and feelings for Lord Jagannath and Shri Krishna. Both spiritualist and so called non-spiritualists could all experience her transfer from this world to the spiritual world, experienced within her mind meditation. Jaya Mehta’s dance and especially facial expressions made us feel lucky to have a small place which enabled us to be close enough to see and experience the exchanges between her and Krishna that were being mirrored on her face. "
Dean Balarama Acbsp
Director, Indian Cultural Centre, Istanbul
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"Dance Travels isn’t quite a performance of the sort us Mandi House regulars understand. The presentation combines dance movements with visuals, audio tracks, footage and spoken word, to build on myths and traditional stories – like a dynamic spin off of a lecture – demonstration. The unconventionality of this series stems from the agenda of connecting classical dance with a larger audience, not just the rasiks who turn up at IIC and IHC. Even though Jaya Mehta and Swaati Vivek prefer to to stick to the Surendra Nath Jena purist method..with Dance Travels they hope to bring alive some myths and stories through Odissi concepts for the audience. Jaya attempted this before with her workshop, “Mum,ME and Odissi”, where children and their mothers had the oppurtunity to engage with the dance form(one of the six classes was devoted to just the costume). In the grown up version, Dance Travels, Jaya Mehta and Swaati Vivek may have already succeeded in what they set out to do: to ensure Odissi travels out of the auditorium."
Karanjeet Kaur,
TIME OUT Delhi
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I am not a regular at classical dance performances but I really enjoyed the evening by Dance Travels. I often worry that in our fast-paced urban lives, we are losing all the oral stories and traditional knowledge that were passed from generation to generation by our forefathers. I would wonder what bedtime stories we would tell our children, since we don't know many anymore! But with this evening, all those traditional stories came alive for us and we understood how they are connected to our daily lives.
Vikas Garg,
AVP, Royal Bank of Scotland
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Dance Travels

With a rich education in Visual Arts, literature, Indian History and Aesthetics, Jaya Mehta and Swaati Chattopadhyay are dancers with a difference.

They have created the Dance Travels series of workshops and recitals to connect Indian art lovers worldwide, with Indian art, dance, culture and philosophy:

▸ Their workshops aim at introducing dance as a daily spiritual practice, as nourishment for the body, mind and spirit, enhanced by the Rasa of Indian art.

▸ Their dance recitals illustrate the beauty of Indian dance with the nuances of Indian miniature painting, temple sculpture, mythology, regional music, Sanskrit and vernacular poetry.

▸ Dance Travels events examine dance as a vital tool, to re-visualize history, interpret literature, understand Yoga and the role of the artiste in connecting with nature.

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'India Yatra'
'India Yatra' dance recital, at the Fayant Theatre in Hague, Netherlands with Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen
 
 
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'India Yatra'
'India Yatra', at the Theater de Bakkerij, Rotterdam, Netherlands with Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen
 
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'Odissi Yatra'
'Odissi Yatra' at the Nehru Centre in London by Jaya Mehta and Swaati Chattopadhyay
 
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'KalaYogi workshops'
at Centre Mandapa,
Paris
KalaYogi workshops on Odissi and its connection with Sculpture, Nature, Costume and its connection with finding our Inner Selves
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'Odissi Rasa' at
the ARMA museum Bali
This spectacular open-air event was an attempt to explore the parallels of Hindu gods in Indian and Balinese culture. The representation of Saraswati, Surya and Hanuman in both cultures is a noteworthy phenomenon and the evening's dances illustrated the Indian understanding of these godheads.
 
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'Odissi Yatra'
at Centre Mandapa,
Paris
Odissi Yatra presented a Kaleidescopic journey: of exquisite sculptural poses from Konark temple, dance sculpture poses that celebrate musical sculptures like mardala, veena, manjira, daskatiya and toori; illustration of themes of Indian miniature painting and the depiction of Orissa's most loved gods like Saraswati, Surya and Vishnu.
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'Krishna Calling'
at Indian Cultural Centre,
Istanbul
'Krishna Calling' a celebration of Krishna in traditional Indian miniature painting, sanskrit poetry and Indian classical dance. The many layers of Krishna consciousness in the mythology of Krishna, Jagannath and the Dashavataar came alive through the mirroring and illustration of Indian miniature painting, sanskrit poetry and dance.
 
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Dance Travels
in Barcelona
A special Odissi workshop in Barcelona in which people from a different cultural context altogether, enjoyed the emotions, poses and gestures of Odissi. Like Yoga, it highlighted the awareness of the body in Odissi and the many sculptural postures within.
 
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Poetry of Nature at
Zorba the Buddha
This beautiful event held amidst an outdoor, natural landscape illustrated how nature served as poetic inspiration for the dancer Jaya Mehta and nature installations by visual artiste Rahul Mukherjee. It consisted of interaction with the artiste's installation on site and an outdoor experience of dance based on nature.
 
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Konark Kala Sangam at
the World Book Fair
A unique event, on the confluence of dance and literature, this presentation by Jaya and Swaati, for the National Book Trust of India, shed light on the 13th c. architectural marvel, the Konark temple. A comparitive study of the Odiya novel Silapadma and Guru Surendra Nath Jena's dances, re-created a rich landscape of the Konark temple.
 
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Trees in Indian
classical dance
A special dance event about the life of trees and the emotions they evoke in us, how they connect us in a beautiful way with the universe. This evening unfolded through the Odissi dance compositions of Guru Surendra Nath Jena and audio-visual presentations, amidst nature and the lakeside at Zorba the Buddha.
 
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Into the heart of Love
and Devotion
This special dance event at Atelier, a designer's studio in new delhi, sought to demonstrate Odissa's rich dance tradition in the backdrop of Odish'a textile and costumes. The event explored two remarkable pallavis by Odissi Guru Surendra Nath Jena, Jaya Mehta illustrated love and devotion as expressed in the two themes of ‘Surya and Chaya’(as husband and wife) and the love of a devadasi as she danced for Lord Jagannath. Taking an art historical approach, Jaya presented these pallavis in the context of Orissa’s landscapes of the Konark and Jagannath Puri temples.
 
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'Decoding Abhinaya'
at The Attic
To celebrate the occasion of World Dance Day, this Dance Travels event was presented as an evening elaborating the concept of navrasas in Indian classical dance. The audiences experienced this in two ways: through abhinaya compositions created by Guru Surendra Nath Jena, as well as interactive presentations which connected the mythological and philospohical stories of the dance to traditional Indian painting, sculpture, musical traditions.
 
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Nourishing your
inner selves
A special workshop for adults that illustrated classical dance as a beautiful way to create physical, spiritual and mental well-being in our inner selves. The workshop created a heightened awareness of the body through experiencing movements in classical dance, silencing the mind, and connecting with our deepest selves. Meant for absolute beginners with classical dance, it gave an understanding of how classical dance is a fantastic tool for one’s complete well-being, working on the body, mind and soul.
 
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Dance Travels with NGO
Manzil
Amidst stories, music and painting, this Dance Travels event explored with this wonderful group of young dancers, how classical dance holds within it, all the emotions we wish to express, and all our beloved gods to experience.
 
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Sculptures in my body,
for the school children
of Sun City World school
Through this special programme at Sun City World school, Jaya Mehta created an interactive and multi-media dance event for children titled, ‘Sculptures in my Body’. It explored how classical dance is like painting on a canvas, where the space is the canvas on which the dancer draws with her movements, and colours with her emotions. It also explored how sculpture is not a static entity but finds movement in dance. An audio-visual presentation also illustrated the connection between the visual and performing arts. The focus was to help children understand the multi-disciplinary nature of art and experience it in their own body through interaction.
 
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If you would like to organise a Dance Travels event connecting classical dance with any subject for a group of people, through a workshop or dance event, please do get in touch with us.
Email : odissidivine@gmail.com
swaati.c@gmail.com
Phone : +91-9891327550, +91-9810908167
 
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