Bharatanatyam & Odissi Classical Indian Dance
Join Srilatha Singh and Malavika Singh from Chilrakaavya Dance as they share the history and movement of two forms of classical Indian dance. Bharatanatyam is an ancient South Indian classical dance form while Odissi is an East Indian classical dance form. In these educational spotlight videos, Srilatha and Malavika share some of the main positions and postures from each dance form while also exploring the history and culture that is embedded in each classical dance form.
ChitraKaavya Dance, founded in 2014 by Srilatha Singh and Raksha Karpoor, was created to explore their abiding interest in Bharatanatyam. In 2015, it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Raksha has since returned to India and is actively pursuing her classical dance aspirations.
Srilatha Singh is the artistic director of Chitrakaavya Dance. She has a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 3-manifold topology, which deals with geometry of spaces; the same fascination with geometry is imbued in her passion for Indian Classical Dance. Trained in Bharatanatyam, primarily the Kalakshetra tradition, from eminent gurus Shri Dhananjayan, Guru Kalyani Shekhar and Smt Ambica Buch, in her youth in India, she continually refreshes her training and has facilitated and attended workshops with artists of international repute such as Bijayini Satpathy, Praveen Kumar, Janaki Rangarajan, and Shankar Kandasamy. She enjoys choreographing to new and unexplored themes, teaching and presenting history, mythology, rhythm, mathematics, poetry and theatre, all through the medium of Bharatanatyam. Her interests lie in questions of historically re-interpreted classicism, and contextualizing the evolution of this art form as well as its relevance to contemporary identity. As a member of the Utah Presents Advisory Board, she participates in cross-cultural conversations that inspire her artistic investigations. She has guest-taught Bharatanatyam at the Snow College Convocation Series, and master classes at Weber State University, University of Utah, Westminster College, Utah Valley University amongst local institutions. She has performed in a multitude of venues and cultural festivals including Living Traditions, Ring around the Rose, Living Legacy Community, and International Day Festival, among other events.
Malavika Singh is a sophomore at Columbia University, studying biochemistry. Her passion for dance was kindled at the age of four when she was enchanted by Ballet West’s Nutcracker and enrolled in ballet and contemporary classes. She began learning Odissi at twelve when she participated in Nrityagram’s summer workshop, and falling in love with Odissi, continued traveling to Nrityagram every summer and winter. Since 2019, she has been passionately training under guru Bijayini Satpathy. Dance has become Mala’s preferred form of community exploration and connection, as she immerses herself in a multitude of art forms and cultures. She is a 2021 Young Arts finalist, and a Presidential scholar of the Arts from Utah.