Sohinimoksha's monsoon raga
From performing for Danny Boyle at the Slumdog Millionaire premiere to rocking the Andes with the jingle of her ghungroos in Bogota, Sohini Roychowdhury has been a premier ambassador of Indian culture for the last several years.
She is not just an Indian dancer and choreographer, but the founder of Sohinimoksha World Dance and Communications (Madrid/Berlin/Kolkata) and Sohinimoksha Artes de La India in Madrid, Spain.
Connecting civilizations, creating empathy for all cultures and fostering global harmony is Sohini´s Monsoon raga this year. Her art without frontiers and the One Earth Project were effectively represented in Maya´s Dream, staged at the Bengal Club on August 18, that combined Indian classical forms with Spanish rhythms and Bulgarian folk. It was about idealism and the dream of a better tomorrow. Her perception of Durga, a mother, and warrior, who forgives Mahisasura the Bull demon instead of slaying him – underlined the quality of mercy relevant in this day and age. Tchaikovsky enriched their dance number that spoke of the strength and relevance of nature in all its elements. The Taandav, from the Shiva Puranas, and the Vedic chants, combined with Gregorian, defined effectively and uniquely, the One Earth concept of Sohinimoksha´s dance opera.
Flamenco Arabe, from the shores of Spain, enthralled the school children at Calcutta International School, during an interactive workshop with Maria Sanchez Sanz (Sohini´s student of Bharatanatyam from Madrid), that ended with the Spanish dancer and the Indian school children dancing together.
Sohinimoksha´s workshop on August 28, at the Heritage Group, Kolkata, will be a day of India and Spain. Maria Sanz will be performing Bharatanatyam to emphasize the global relevance of our classical arts. For their 'Back to The Roots' project, Dr Jorge Diaz Sanchez will be doing a creative writing workshop with the children, on the Spanish poet Lorca.
A similar program will be repeated at a school near Dakhineshwar on August 31.
In September, Sohini will be conducting master classes of her unique style of Bharatanatyam and storytelling in Manhattan, New York City. New York will witness the Saga of Shakti through Sohini´s interpretation of this ancient philosophy in these modern times.
A visiting professor of dance at 12 Universities across the globe, and an empaneled speaker at Sangeet Natak Academy´s July 2018 Shreshtha Bharat Sanskriti Samagam in Bhubaneswar, Sohini is a winner of the "Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman" by The House of Lords, British Parliament; the Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts, New Delhi and has been a European Brand Ambassador for India Tourism´s "Incredible India" campaign.
Sohini's dance troupe consists of her students, and dancers, from all over Europe, Latin America, USA, and India, whose performances have been garnering tumultuous audience appreciation, and rave critical reviews everywhere.