International Odissi Festival 2003: Sangeeta Dash and Rajashree Behera perform Sthai
Duration: 00:10:44; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 8.783; Saturation: 0.142; Lightness: 0.192; Volume: 0.233; Cuts per Minute: 4.471
Summary: The 2nd International Odissi Festival was organised by IPAP between August 28 - 31, 2003, in Washington D.C. Dedicated to the memory of Guru Pankaj Charan Das, who passed away in June 2003, it brought together Odissi dancers and scholars from all over the world.
Sangeeta Dash began learning Odissi at 7 with Guru Durga Charan Ranbir. She spent several successful years as an actress in the Oriya film industry, juggling dance and acting, before she made the decision to concentrate on dance in 1990. Dash has been awarded the 'Sanskrit Samman' by the Sanskrit Prathisthana, New Delhi, 'Singarmani' award by the Kal ke Kalakar Sammelan at Mumbai in 1989 and the prestigious “Mahari Award” from Late Guru Sri Pankaj Charan Das in 1998. She became the first recipient of the ‘Pankaj Charan Das Award’ in 2003. She runs her own dance academy in Pondicherry.
Rajashree Chintak Behera trained under Guru Durga Charan Ranbir and Guru Harihar Mohanty in the Odissi style of Guru Durga Deba Prasad Das. She is a holder of Visarad-Purna in Odissi Dance from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai, as well as an M.A. in Economics from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. She has to her credit several performances in India and other countries. Behera lives in Australia with her family.
Here, the dancers perform sthai, a pure dance piece that seeks inspiration from Lord Shiva and encapsulates the essence of Odissi.