RDM Studio Newsletter October 2020

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RDM Studio Newsletter
October 2020

Happy Vijaydashami!
Happy Dusherra!

Odissi is poetry in motion.



The white delicate headgear of an Odissi dancer adds to her aura. We will continue to discuss the realm of Aharya Abhinaya.

The decorative headpiece of the dancer is made from shola pith, a type of plant that grows abundantly in Orissa. This tradition of carving shola pith is called shola kama. A series of cuts are made into the stem and form various types of flowers when a cord is tied in the middle of the rod and pulled. As the string tightens, flowers blossom into jasmines, champa and kadamba.
The crown, known as the mahkoot, is exquisitely made in Puri, Orissa. The mahkoot consists of two parts. The flower decorated back piece is called the ghoba which represents the lotus flower with a thousand petals that lie above the head in the form of the head chakra, or energy center. The longer piece that emerges from the center of the back piece is called the thiya and this depicts the temple spire of Lord Jagganath.
Sola mahkoot tend to break very easily, so its best to store them in a box.  Cloth mahkoots are a better, longer lasting alternative that require less maintenance . During a performance the bun needs to be tight so that the mahkoot is secure. Most wardrobe malfunctions happen when the mahkoot is loose or the thiya is not inserted properly.



New Sunday Odissi Group Classes 9.00 PST




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“Indian classical dance is sustained by a profound philosophy. Form seeks to merge with the formless, motion seeks to become part of the motionless, and the dancer seeks to become one with the eternal cosmos.”

– Nita Ambani



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RDM Studio Newsletter September 2020

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RDM Studio Newsletter
September 2020

Odissi is a strikingly beautiful dance.



A vibrant color costume, intricate jewelry and makeup enhance the visual appeal of this sacred dance. These aspects of the art fall under the realm of Aharya Abhinaya.

Odissi dance costumes are well complemented by elaborate filigree silver or white metal jewelry. These ornaments are made of thin wire, and in Oriya it is called Tarchasi.
This highly skilled craft dates back to more than 500 years. The jewelry pieces comprise of the Seenthi (single piece) Mathapatti (forehead ornament), Allaka (head piece on which the Tikka hangs), Kappa (unique ear covers in a peacock pattern) Jhumka (bell shaped earrings) hanging from them; two necklaces – a smaller Chik (choker necklace) and a Padaka Tilaka (longer necklace with a hanging pendant) with Bajuband (armlets worn on the upper arm) and Kankana (wrist bracelets). The strikingly beautiful Bengapatia (3 tier belt). Ghungroos (bells) and anklets complete the look.
The jewelry should be stored wrapped in cloth to prevent oxidization. Moisture and sweat tend to blacken the jewelry. Toothpaste can be used for polishing. Do not cramp the jewelry as the links are delicate and break easily. During a performance its a good idea to pin your jewelry to the costume and carry an extra set of ghungroos.



New Sunday Odissi Group Classes 9.00 PST




Make sure to check out our new Digital Library teaser video!

“Myths which are abundantly used in Indian dances are thematically timeless but how you transform these into universal metaphors and symbols is the challenge.”
“For an artist, the more you give yourself and your art to others, the more you discover your ‘reason of being’. This is the ultimate enriching learning experience of one’s artistic journey.”

– Ramli Ibrahim



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RDM Studio Newsletter August 2020

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RDM Studio Newsletter
August 2020


Dance is dreaming with your feet!


Happy August Dancers!

Online lessons are here!. With our online lessons, all students have fun during these highly energized and personalized sessions.
Our students join in from all over the country. And with our clear-cut instructions and detailed lesson feedback, everyone participates and feels completely engaged.
I always look forward to these weekend sessions as I love the positive vibe and energy that each student brings.


New Sunday Odissi Group Classes 9.00 PST



Make sure to check out our new Digital Library teaser video!

“Myths which are abundantly used in Indian dances are thematically timeless but how you transform these into universal metaphors and symbols is the challenge.”
“For an artist, the more you give yourself and your art to others, the more you discover your ‘reason of being’. This is the ultimate enriching learning experience of one’s artistic journey.”

– Ramli Ibrahim



You can find out more on our Events page.
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RDM Studio Newsletter July 2020

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July 2020




Happy July!

We are excited to launch our new Digital Library. Now students will have unlimited access to content covering basic dance techniques, mudras, beginner steps and repertoire pieces broken into short and easy steps.
This will be an invaluable asset where you can access videos from any location or device. A link will be sent via email at the end of your class.
For additional information, drop us a line using the form at the bottom of this page.



Pricing:
Monthly: $5
Yearly: $55 (save $5)

Saturday Group Sessions
Session 1: 9.30 PST- full class

Thank you for your testimonials & recommendations.
Stay safe and have a happy 4th of July!

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Nilanjana Banerjee

Artistic Director, RDM Studio


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RDM Studio Newsletter June 2020

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June 2020




Happy June!

We had an awesome response to our May promotions.
Students joined us from Europe to the East coast and of course all across California.
Its so wonderful to have a Global family and dance across different time zones.
Odissi is an universal dance and we are its cultural ambassadors.

Keep up the good work!
Rejuvenate and maintain your sanity in our fun dance sessions.

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Saturday Group Sessions
Session 1: 9.30 PST- full class
Session 2: 10.30 PST- full class

Hope to see you soon!

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Nilanjana Banerjee

Artistic Director, RDM Studio


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RDM Studio Newsletter May 2020

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May 2020




Happy May!

A shout out to everyone who has embraced the zoom classes.
Its quite an experience & I definitely applaud you for your patience and commitment to learning Odissi.

I encourage anyone who has not explored online learning to jump in and give it a shot! In our one on one classes, we not only cover basic steps and body conditioning but also work on repertoire pieces.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and I look forward to seeing you all in person after this quarantine.

For additional information, drop us a line using the form at the bottom of this page.



Saturday Group Sessions
Session 1: 9.30 PST- full class

Thank you for your testimonials & recommendations.
Stay safe and dance happy!

You can find out more on our Events page.
Please like and follow us on our new Facebook and Instagram pages!

Nilanjana Banerjee

Artistic Director, RDM Studio


Don’t forget that RDM Studio offers studio dance lessons and dance lessons online!