Odissi Indian Classical — Monica Singh Sangwan
Odissi Sacred Indian Classical Dance
Odissi dance is a sacred dance art from India. It is steeped in performative nuance that is devotional, yet requires in-depth training learnt over several years from a Guru (a trained, experienced teacher of the tradition). The physical training involves working the body around the two major postures: the Chowka and the Tribhangi. In-depth training of Odissi with Monica also involves regular classes of Kalaripayatthu an ancient martial art form and Yoga. The class involves understanding the Indic traditions, music, and a nuanced approach to Vedic chanting and theory from texts with respect to dance. The understanding of the relevance of this art form in today’s world through application of historical narratives ,present politics and the impact of colonialism.
Monica Singh Sangwan is a visharad in Odissi dance from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi trained by the doyen of Odissi dance Smt Madhavi Mudgal for over 15 years, and has also trained extensively with the the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She has dedicated her life to the art of Odissi dance through performance and Training. Having travelled widely for performance and workshops all over the world in her career spanning over 27 years. Monica now trains Australian students as a full time teacher dedicated to creating world class performers of this dance. Being one of the foremost artists of her caliber in Australia, the Odissi students trained by her are now amongst the upcoming dancers of this genre in Australia and abroad.