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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.
Scheherazaad Cooper has trained in Odissi with Dr. Ratna Roy, Aruna Mohanty, Bichitrananda Swain and Lingaraj Pradhan. She has also trained with the Chitralekha Dance academy in Toronto. While maintaining her classical dance practice, Scheherazaad has also participated in creative collaborations experimenting with and training in other performance styles. Some of her recent work includes: Touched/t2, a multimedia creation by Professor Henry Daniel (Simon Fraser University), Troika Ranch (New York) and other respected artists; the visual art installation Heaven's Breath by Chris Welsby and Brady Marks; an evening featuring Sufi vocalist Abida Parveen at the London Palladium; and a solo performance, Nayika, at both the Firehall Arts Centre and Goldsmiths University. She is a trained actor and currently the Artistic Director of the Interregnum 5 Dance Collective whose premier work, Embodied Language, debuted in the Resolution! series at London's The Place theatre. With a strong commitment to aligning pedagogy and practice, she recently completed her MA in Performance and Culture in London, UK and is a recipient of the Canada Arts Council Grant for Dance Professionals with which she travelled to India for further training and research in March 2009. She is currently completing her doctorate in the UK.
Here she performs Nabadurga, a popular composition of Guru Pankaj Charan Das.