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Choreography:  Guru Mayadhar Raut

Music composition: Purnachandra Majhi

Costumes: Bhagirati Das

DancerSonia St-Michel

Video: David Lopez Subdiaz

Ganga Taranga is a ritual offering to Lord Shiva. The dance begins by the entry on stage (manch pravesh), followed by a flower offering (pushpanjali), respect to the earth (bhumi pranam), a hymn (sloka) and a salutation (pranam) to God, the Teacher and the Audience. Composed by Maharshi Vyasa, the hymn says: His matted locks are adorned by the flowing waves of the Ganges, his left side is constantly decorated by the presence of Parvati, he who is dear to Narayana and the vanquisher of kamadeva’s pride- worship him, the lord of Varanasi. 


We are thankful to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for their support. On-going performance and transmission of this repertoire is the result of over 15 years of research and training in India.

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