Taal (rhythm) is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere and in everything – from a beating heart, crashing waves, swaying leaves, in the flight of a butterfly to our every breath. A passion to explore, understand and harmonize with this Taal that’s in and all around us sums up Indu’s Odissi journey.
Indu’s romance with dance commenced at the age of six with Smt Sanjukta Das and Smt SandhiyaDipa Kar. She enrolled with the Orissa Dance Academy, a premier Odissi dance institute in Odisha. Guided by Shri Ramesh Chandra Jena and Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and mentored by Guru Smt Aruna Mohanty and Smt Madhusmita Mohanty, she further honed the technical and lyrical aspects of Odissi.
A commerce graduate, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Odissi dance and is a certified Yoga instructor.
Indu has performed at the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, Pallavothsava, Mysore, GKRCC International Odissi Festival and Guru Pankaj Utsav in India and the Youth Exchange Programme in Bangladesh.
In Singapore, she has performed at Kalavaibhavam, Dance India Taste India, TFA Mela, Shantanjali Festival of Arts, Bhaskareeyam.
Her most recent performances have been the Da:ns Festival by Esplanade, People Get Connected by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, the Udayraaga virtual dance festival and the 2021 Kalaa Utsavam opening performance.
The last few years have seen her conduct numerous workshops and lecture demonstrations in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to showcase the grace and beauty of Odissi.
Indu is a certified Yoga Instructor and runs Natyog, a Yoga program enabling ease of movement for dancers.
Taal School of Odissi was conceptualised and founded in 2012, an institute that boasts of a pedagogy allowing meticulous training with sparks of spontaneity.
It is a matter of pride that Taal school of Odissi has collaborated with Bhaskar's Arts Academy offering a plethora of classes, workshops and lecture demonstration on Odissi.
TALKS, WORKSHOPS, LEC-DEMS
SPOTLIGHT at the Library@Esplanade.
An interactive lec dem on Odissi.
PANELIST @ CHOWK REPRISE
Panel discussion on Pedagogy of Odissi
YOGA TO RASA ON ODE
A talk on Yoga to Rasa on the virtual platform ODE
KALAA UTSAVAM 2021
4 different classical dance forms.
SAMANVAYA @ BHASKAREEYAM 2019
A confluence of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak
ANIMA @ KALAVAIBHAVAM 2016
Exploring the Goddess Divine with friend and co-dancer
PEOPLE GET CONNECTED 2021
Sunya Swarupa @ Victoria Theatre
TANDAVA AND LASYA
Da:ns Festival @ The Esplanade 2020
A virtual dance platform by the Orissa Dance Academy
A production in collaboration with local talent and esteemed artists from India, supported by the National Arts Council.
NAVARSA IN RAMAYANA
A production staged with the support of the National Arts Council and the Arts Fund
A production staging choreographies of the Gurus of Odissi