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July 10, 2018 > Traditional dance group celebrates 25 years in Bay Area

Traditional dance group celebrates 25 years in Bay Area

Submitted By Tanuja Gairola

Guru Jyoti Rout founded the Fremont-based Jyoti Kala Mandir College of Indian Classical Arts in 1993 to preserve, promote, and showcase the beautiful classical dance form from India called Odissi. The institution not only trains the students in music and dance, it also conducts events like dance and music festivals, workshops, seminars, and dance recitals by eminent artists.

Odissi dance originated in Orissa, India, as a form of worship in temples. Many dance pieces retell stories about Krishna and other deities through hand gestures and facial expressions (see

Odissi has survived for over two thousand years as an oral tradition. To preserve this ancient art, a group of dance gurus, scholars, and musicians are dedicated to reconstructing this form from authentic sources. In doing so, they breathe life into the formalized movements and standard stage repertoire.

Distinct in style from other classical Indian dance forms, Odissi distinguishes itself by its lyrical grace and charm, its rounded, fluid movements, and its sculpturesque poses.

This year we are celebrating the school?s 25th anniversary and have put together a series of shows and performances, starting with our showcase event, ?Samaya,? on July 21. For a list of future events visit

Silver Jubilee concert, ?Samaya?
Saturday, Jul 21
Dougherty Valley High School
10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon
For time and tickets: email or call (510) 589-3989

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