SOASIS DVD1 - Performing Konarak, Performing Hirapur: Documenting The Odissi Of Guru Surendranath
This documentary came into being following the realisation that little had been written or seen about the history of Odissi, a dance form from Orissa in Eastern India. There have been a number of reconstructions of Odissi, mainly classical in nature. This documentary foregrounds a different understanding of what constitutes the classicism of the form by presenting the Odissi of Guru Suredranath, an Oriya master now based in New Delhi. Guru Jena has recreated an alternative style of Odissi, inspired by the sculptures of the Orissian temples and the Sun Temple at Konarak. Five signature pieces are examined, performed by his three daughters which focus on the technique of Odissi as performed by him. Alesssandra Lopez y Royo, the director, is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture at Roehampton University. This is the first of two DVD’s directed by her for the Centre and in the main provides a much needed account of Odissi and also raises questions concerning dance research as a creative practice and film/digital video as a medium for dance research dissemination.