DSU presents “Vāyu: Visions of the Wind”
Dakota State University College of Arts and Sciences presents “Vāyu: Visions of the Wind” at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Madison, S.D. This event will display the unique Indian Classical Odissi Dance by Shreelina Ghosh, an assistant professor of professional and technical communication at DSU. Voluntary donations collected from the event will go towards the benefit of Gerry Maloney Nature Area on the north edge of Madison.
“I will be joined by some of my DSU colleagues and prominent members of Madison artistic community in this unique attempt to envision the wind through movement, colors, tangible materials, and poetry,” said Ghosh.
Ghosh will be accompanied by John Nelson, DSU professor of English, with a live poetry reading, and the evening will feature artistic renditions of Alan Montgomery, DSU professor of art; Angela Behrends, DSU adjunct instructor; Cassie Edwards, DSU adjunct instructor; and Chris Francis, local Madison artist and president of the Madison Area Arts Council.
"Indian classical dance involves story-telling through language, hand gestures, and facial expressions. I am always excited to see how my American audience reacts to and interprets the communicative expressions,” explains Ghosh.
Odissi is a two-thousand year old Indian classical dance. It is one of the oldest surviving forms of dance, with evidence dating back to 2200 B.C. Odissi is characterized by its curvaceous movements, sculpturesque poses full of relaxed grace and an imposing demeanour at the same time. Fluidity of the upper torso and gracefulness in gestures and wristwork, juxtaposed with firm footwork.
Ghosh started dancing at 4 years old, and has perfected the ancient art of Odissi dance over the last 25 years. Her performances have been seen in numerous festivals in India, Ariz., Texas, Wash., Ill. and Mich. She also collaborated with several artists in creative productions in Ariz., Mich. and S.D.
To view more details about the event, go to http://homepages.dsu.edu/sghosh12/vayu/index.html