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Explorations in Odissi Dance.

Tribhanga... Explorations in Odissi Dance is a celebration of dance deep rooted in the Odissi form as a tribute to Art Vision for the completion of 20 years.

The history of Odissi dance.

The history of Odissi dance is almost two thousand years old. Odissi is a highly inspired, passionate, ecstatic and sensuous form of dance touching on the divine and the human, the sublime and the mundane.

Art Vision

Art Vision was founded in the year 1996 by Padmashree Dr. Ileana Citaristi along with a group of artists belonging to different disciplines such as dance, music, painting and literature.

Explorations in Odissi Dance

Ileana Citarasti

The Choreographer

Italian by birth, Padmashree Dr Ileana Citaristi holds a Doctorate in Philosophy. She has come to Indian dance after years of experience in the traditional as well as experimental theatre in Europe.

Ileana has been living in Orissa, India, since the year 1979 in close contact with the people, their language and culture. Her mentor in the Odissi dance style is the renowned Guru, Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. She is equally at home with Chhau dance of Mayurbhanji which she has learnt under the guidance of Guru Shri Hari Nayak.

Her contributions, besides the many performances and lecture-demonstrations given in all the major centres in India, include articles on Oriya culture published in Indian and foreign magazines, research work for film-documentaries on Odissi and Chhau dances and practical dance workshops for dancers and theatre workers which she regularly conducts under invitation by different institutions in India and abroad. She has given performances in all the major dance festivals in India as well as around the world.

Ileana has been awarded the prestigious title ‘Leonide Massine for the art of dance’ in Italy, the ‘Raseshwar’ award by the Sur Singar Sansad, Bombay among many others. In January 2006 she was awarded the title of Padmashree from Government of India for her contribution to Odissi dance.

Recently, Ileana came out with a book, Traditional Martial Art Practices of Orissa, a biography of her guruji, Kelucharan Mohapatra titled The Making of a Guru and My journey, a tale of two births, her autobiography.

She calls dance a way of life. “In India, dance was not restricted to the dance floor. Ileana sees herself as a rebel, who loves “difficulties”. “I was determined to come to India. They could not stop me. Initially, I found the rituals and poojas not agreeing to my ideology. I slowly started to appreciate the values.”

Art Vision

Explorations in Odissi Dance

Art Vision was founded in the year 1996 by Padmashree Dr.Ileana Citaristi along with a group of artists belonging to different disciplines such as dance, music, painting and literature who wanted to have a common ground for sharing experience and creative ideas. Along the years Art Vision has organized different unique Festivals such as Festival of Films on Performing and Visual Arts, Kalinga Mahotsav, a National Festival of Martial Arts, Remembering Guruji in memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and the Sangam Festival, a confluence of two dance styles, which has reached the 11th edition. In celebration of its 20th anniversary (1996-2016) Art Vision in collaboration with Teamwork Arts is organizing TRIBHANGA - Explorations in Odissi Dance on the 13th and 14th of July at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. Four Odissi group compositions, choreographed by Ileana Citaristi and performed by the Art Vision Dance Academy repertory group will be presented during the Festival. On the 13th of July the opening production is SARAHA a work inspired by the tale of Saraha, the founder of the Tantric discipline in the Tibetan region, with music by Anwar Khurshid and Laxmikanta Palit This will be followed by KAALA, a dance production on the concept of Time, with text by Devdas Chhotrai and music by Annada Prasanna Pattanaik. On the 14th of July the Festival opens with KARUNA, a work inspired by Mother Theresa’s life, written by Devdas Chhotrai and Prafulla Kumar Misra and put into music by Laxmikanta Palit. The second presentation is SIDDHARTHA based on the famous novel written by Hermann Hesse with music by Annada Prasanna Pattanaik.

Teamwork Arts

Concept to Curation Design to Production

Every year, we produce 25 performing and visual arts and literary festivals in 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and USA. Teamwork Arts produces the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival in New Delhi, the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, India by the Nile in Egypt, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, and many more. Our musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world and has sold out shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Egypt. Our international festivals in India have included the bi-annual Bonjour India, a festival of France with more than 200 events across 18 cities in India and featuring over 250 artists, designers, researchers and entrepreneurs, and OzFest, a festival of Australia in India.


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  • ONGC
  • Nalco
  • TW Fine Arts