Odissi Summer School
14-20 July 2016, London
Kingston University Dance Department
Odissi intensive workshops by leading artist Monica Singh
Technique (All Levels) 2h
Abhinaya (Intermediate & Advanced Levels only) 2h
Option to attend only the weekend (15-16-17 July) or the whole Summer School (15-20 July).
Performance by Monica Singh and Guest Artists on 14th July at Nehru Centre, London.
Film screenings, seminars & special sessions on Odissi.
Come and join us for this unique event of full immersion in Odissi.
Leading Artist BIO:
Monica Singh is a Visharad in Odissi dance from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi and is a senior disciple of Smt. Madhavi Mudgal. She started dancing at the age of six due to the insistence of her pianist mother. Monica trained in Bharatnatyam under Smt Sonal Mansingh for a period of twelve years and with her teacher performed and gained experience by accompanying her as a disciple to various parts of India.
After seeing a choreographic composition in Odissi 'Sohamasmi' by Smt Madhavi Mudgal in 1988, Monica realized that she had finally found her medium, Odissi, with its haunting, beautiful music and graceful, fluid movements that bordered the lyrical. An ancient dance form and yet so young and modern in its appeal.
Monica decided to learn Odissi with Smt Madhavi Mudgal.
She trained extensively with her for 15 years and gained immense experience and in depth knowledge about Odissi not just through its traditional form but also by being a part of the choreographic works based on exploring Odissi. She has traveled widely as a troupe member and as a soloist performing in her own right.
Monica was awarded the Sahitya Kala Parishad scholarship for Odissi 1997- 98 and the Ministry of human resource development Scholarship for Odissi 1999-2000.
She attended several workshops by the doyen of Odissi dance the Late Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. ￼She has also been selected by the ICCR as a performer cum teacher for a posting abroad.
Monica started performing from the young age of 11 years. She has performed in France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, etc.
Indian classical dance as a form is now standing at a very interesting cultural junction where it has to survive and grow with the modern world and not become obsolete and ancient in a negative way. Monica has felt the need to express her art keeping its form and boundaries intact and yet, to move into new spaces of free expression. To keep the artistic spirit alive within her Monica started experimenting in theatre and worked in several plays enriching her artistic abilities.
She worked with Arjun Raina (http://www.arjunraina.com/) in his theatrical production "The Magic Hour", a play combining Kathakali, Odissi and Shakespearean theatre.
She is a member of THE BLACK BAKHKHAI COLLECTIVE, an International Company of performing artists traveling with a collection of several plays and solo performances.
Monica has worked in many schools of Delhi like the Vasant Valley School, Green fields, Manav Sthali, Amity International School, etc. Teaching Odissi as a specialty subject. She has also taught at Bal Bhavan, New Delhi and conducted workshops for the Indian embassy in Moscow on Indian classical dance traditions.
Since 2003 Monica has started SOHAMASMI (centre for performing arts) with two branches in Gurgaon where she concentrates exclusively on training students in Odissi dance.
In 2010 Monica Singh has been granted a permanent residency by the Australian Govt Under the Distinguished talent visa category . She has now moved to Australia and continues to perform and teach there as well. The Sohamasmi Centre for Indian performing Arts now has a branch In Melbourne and Gisborne.
She divides her time between her students in India and Australia. The Gurgaon Centre is being run by Geetanjali Acharya an upcoming promising dancer appointed by Monica after an extensive search.
She also teaches in the city of Melbourne at the prestigious studio DANCEHOUSE at North Carlton in Melbourne. She hopes to have a more multiracial student base here in Australia as she believes true art belongs to everyone irrespective of their cultural or ethnic background.