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Shankaravaranam and Mohona Pallavi

Choreography: Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra

DancerSonia St-Michel

Music composition: Bhubaneshwar Mishra

Costumes: Bhagirati Das

Video: David Lopez Subdiaz

The word Pallavi means to elaborate.  This type of choreography is technical, abstract and its vocabulary is inspired by temple sculptures and the archetype of Alasa Kanya, young languorous maidens.  A sensuous theme expressed in movement by curves and bends juxtaposed to intricate footwork. Every Pallavi is choreographed to a raga (Indian melody) and derives its name from it.


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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