"With hands folded in a lotus shape,
her fingers offer the love of her heart,
she, the classic danseuse of Konark!"
mom of two Nilanjna, our NavNavri no 8 this Navratri, lives an active healthy lifestyle and keeps in shape by practicing pilates. At the end of the day, Nila looks forward to putting her feet up and binging on movies and catching the occasional sunset with a glass of merlot.
She believes that Modern women is about embracing life’s changes in a positive spirit. Age and society should not be a barrier to one’s dreams and aspirations.
"An epitome of grace,
as figurine in tribhanga
The ultimate superfluous aura radiates
in the dancing statuette …"
As a child growing up in cosmopolitan Delhi, classical dance was the only way for Nila to understand the richness of ancient Indian culture. After a long hiatus, she resumed dancing when she relocated to New Jersey. Nila put her heart & soul into her training and danced everywhere to make this passion a reality. Eventually she got the chance to perform all over the country sharing her heritage with diverse communities.
On moving to California, Nila opened RDM Studio to teach this ancient spiritual Odissi dance to people of all ages & ethnicities. She still performs actively & is associated with several Non-Profits & Fundraising events.
Nila enjoys interacting with like-minded women and is actively involved in a networking group for artists and enterpreneurs in the South Asian community. California has also offered her the chance to explore the world of fashion events.
Meet our NavNari no 8, Nilanjna Banerjee....
Dance is poetry in motion.
Demure Drapes On the occasion of Ashtami I am wearing a Pink Saree & sharing a traditional Ganesh sloka in my Studio. Thanks to Demure Drapes for encouraging me to take this pink challenge & sharing my love with the world! ...
Odissi has a tradition of being performed as a devotional temple dance by dancing girls inside the temples away from the public till the 1950's.
This is the Mahari dance tradition dating 2000 years back.
The other male tradition is the Gotipua tradition performed in public since the 17 th century.
The grammar of Odissi is based on Natya Shastra following the same hand gestures, facial expressions & foot positions as prescribed in the text.
Odissi looks like the swaying of the palm trees on the beach. The upper ribcage movement is what gives it this effect.
This movement is combined with footworks in the square chowka stance & the S shaped tribhangi stance. These 2 stances are unique too.
There is a lot of wrist movement that makes the dance very fluid.
The dancer replicates sculpture like poses found in the Sun temple at Konarak & Jagannath temple Puri.
The silver ornaments & trademark belt & headgear makes the dancer look distinctly different from others.
Shares Nilanjna about the odissi dance. Be mesmerised by this beautiful odissi performance by Nilanjna which she has sent all the way from USA. Nilanjna it's truly an honor to see your performance on DemureDrapes. NavNari no 8..