Bhubaneswar: Odissi dance, an identity of Odisha, is a soft lyrical classical dance and is regarded to be the oldest surviving dance forms. It has its own distinct verve, and beauty. Many dancers have put in a lot of effort to promote the classical dance world wide, so as Internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Saswat Joshi. He has put his hard work and dedication to promote the dance form, to recognize the Gurus who have immense contribution to the art and to provide the amateurs a platform to present the art form globally.
Aekalavya– A tribute to Guru Shishya Parampara is an initiative by Sangeet Ratna Shri Saswat Joshi and Lasyakala to pay salutation and gratitude to his guru who has always been guiding him through out his journey to reach the pinnacle of success. It is not only a classical dance festival, rather an effort to preserve the tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara in the modern days.
With deep insight Aekalavya was started in the year 2009. Since its inception, it has kept enthralling the state as well as the country. It recognizes the Gurus and the amateur artists and honors them for their significant contribution to the art in the same stage.
After celebrating 8 long successful years at our own soil, Saswat took a step ahead to organize Aekalavya at a foreign land to spread the essence of Indian classical dance and preserve the sacred bond that a Shishya and a Guru share with each other.
2017 has been a remarkable year in the history of Indian classical dance festival. Aekalavya is the first classical dance festival that was organized at the Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the support of Indian High Commission from India to Malaysia. The 9th edition of Aekalavya based on the NAVA RASA ie; 9 human emotions was highly appreciated by the dignitaries and the gathering present.
The 10th edition of the festival was also a great success and was celebrated at the Indian Consulate General Auditorium, Dubai in association with Odisha Samaj UAE and Indian Consulate General. The 10th edition was based on “DASAVATAR”.
Taking a step ahead with great hope and aspiration, Aekalavya is all set to celebrate its 11th edition at the Victoria Theatre, Singapore in collaboration with Nrutyadhara, Singapore. In this season, renowned artists shall be felicitated for their contribution to the art with “The Aekalavya Samman-2019”. They include, Maalika Girish Panicker – a Bharatnatyam and Mohiniattam exponent from Singapore, Sasmita Pal – an Odissi exponent from Singapore and the most celebrated choreographer and Shallu Jindal – a New Delhi based multi talented, charismatic personality and a leading exponent of Kuchipudi dance form. She is also the co-chairperson of JSPL Foundation and Vice President of Flag Foundation of India.
The occasion will also be graced by Padamshree Dr. Raghunath Mahapatra, Padmashree Dr. Ileana Citaristi and many more eminent guests. An array of classical dances along with soulful classical music will be performed in the evening by the artists from Lasyakala Bhubaneswar, Nrutyadhara Singapore and Guest Artists.