Nrityakosh Presents Belly Dancing Party
Led by Debapriya Das, the evening will feature some of her latest choreography
Debapriya Das holds a master’s degree in economics and has even worked as a research economist. Not wishing to be tied to the numbers, she started belly dancing. Swaying to rhythmic Middle Eastern beats and learning all the nuances of this sultry form became his passion, so much so that Debapriya created Nrityakosh, a belly dance school, in Bangalore.
“We focus on traditional Middle Eastern dance styles and on the fusion work that comes from the vocabulary of belly dance, Indian classical dance and contemporary dance forms,” says the young dancer, who has started dancing in 2012. “I traveled every summer to meet my teachers and train for a few months before resuming the practice.
She presents her latest production on stage on December 5 at Bangalore International Center, Domlur at 6.30 p.m. Title Leylet hob, it will be an evening of music, dance and stories from the Middle East. Choreographed pieces including “Muwashahat” (a medieval Islamic Spanish dance that has survived to the present day), “Kawleeya”, a folk dance style that originated in Iraq and has since become an integral part of belly dancing, and dancing. belly Indian fusion with influences from Kathak, Persian dance and flamenco. “We will also be presenting our new work called MOVE, which is a 40-minute dance recital. It’s a conversation through dance and movement during the pandemic, about us navigating this new world in our own way with a dash of nostalgia for the trip we didn’t sign up for. It was an online dance documentary, which also aired on Nrityakosh’s YouTube channel in October 2020. ”
Debapriya, also trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Flamenco and contemporary dance, says she aims to break down major misconceptions about oriental dance, how it is viewed and the business side of dance. through its performances. She says, “There is a universal misconception that this is less than a form of ballet dance. Belly dancing is a vocabulary of movement and the accumulation of so many forms of Middle Eastern dance. One section looks at belly dancing as a fitness goal, which is great, but that takes away the fact that it’s a traditional dance form.
Debapriya has represented India in international dance festivals including the 5th International NY Cairo Raks Festival (New York), Cairo! 11th International Oriental Dance Festival (Budapest) and Tribal Meeting of Roma 2019 (Rome).
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