Duration: 00:16:22; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 19.826; Saturation: 0.225; Lightness: 0.153; Volume: 0.495; Cuts per Minute: 0.977
Summary: The 3rd International Odissi Festival was organised by IPAP between December 26 - 30, 2006 in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to the memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the festival also saw the construction of a gigantic open-air dance theatre in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya campus. The daylong performances included leading and upcoming Odissi dancers. The festival also made space for seminars, Odissi music and lecture demonstrations.
Ratna Roy, Ph.D., started her training in Odissi dance in 1972 under Guru Govinda Chandra Pal, and from 1977 until his death in 2003, she trained under Guru Pankaj Charan Das. One of his seniormost disciples, she has performed extensively as a soloist in India, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, the Baltics, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, China, and Japan. In the US she is well-known for her own choreography based on her dual heritage as an Indian and an American. Ratna has published several articles in both Indian and US journals and has received fellowships and awards for her dance and scholarship, including the Advanced Fulbright Fellowship (1985), American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship (1988), National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship and Summer Fulbright Fellowship (1988), Arts International Award (2001), Fund for Folk Culture Award (2005), Washington State Arts Commission's Master Apprenticeship Award (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), the Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award (2008), and WSAC's Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (2008).
Here, she performs Draupadi, an extract from the Panchakanya choreographies by Guru Pankaj Charan Das.