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Love Songs of Krishna and Radha: Gita Govinda representations in Odissi Dance and South Asian Art

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
12:00 AM
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Introduction by Professor of Art History, Dr. Nachiket Chanchani

Performance by Sreyashi Dey & Vishnu Tattva Das

Admission free

Based on one of the most lyrical and poetic works from India - the 12th century poet Jayadeva’s celebrated work, the Gita Govinda, noted Indian classical dancer Sreyashi Dey, with well known Odissi dancer from California, Vishnu Tattva Das, will present an evening of Odissi dance choreographies depicting the many characterizations of Radha in myriad moods. Ranging from Radha’s longing for the divine lover Krishna, to the agony of separation, the torment of jealousy and the bliss of union, the dance brings to life the descriptions of archetypical heroines in classical Indian texts.

The evening’s perforance will be introduced by U-M Professor of Art History, Dr. Nachiket Chanchani, who will set it within a larger Indian cultural and aesthetic context.