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Battery Park Dance Festival-2016

Another year, another Independence day celebration at the Robert F. Wagner Jr. park at Battery Park, NY. They only get better every year. What a visual treat in a spectacular arena for an entertaining night! 256 more words


Weekly Photo Challenge: "Rare"

At a folk arts festival, I had this rare opportunity of witnessing a group of boys, dressed as girls, performing the Odissi dance, a classical dance form of India. 36 more words

Weekly Photo Challenge

Editor's Note

Welcome Beloved Readers, to the August 2016 issue of Global Rasika, the online initiative launched in April 2014 to cultivate critical thinking and discourse across the Odissi community worldwide. 380 more words


Dr. Ileana Citaristi's Search for Meaning

Decades ago, Italian-born Dr. Ileana Citaristi yearned for unrestrained expression and traveled to India in search of self-discovery. In the years that followed, she metamorphosed from a free-spirited hippie to a classical dancer of international repute. 2,367 more words


A Lived Experience of Tradition: Odissi in a Liberal Arts Curriculum

by Aaadya Kaktikar

Note: This article is an excerpt from another article -Dancing in-between spaces: an auto-ethnographic exploration of an abhinaya class available at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/sBZ8mFv348BRy5G8AABA/full… 1,766 more words


Mediating Odissi Culture: My Experience

by Saswat Joshi 

In 2006, I went abroad for the first time to South Korea with my Guru Dr. Ileana Citaristi to assist her with an Odissi workshop she was conducting. 890 more words