On Thursday, Nov. 15, the South Asia sub-committee of the International Education Committee at CSULB, will present a lecture and demonstration featuring Sruti Bandopadhay, one of the foremost Manipuri Dance artists of India. Manipuri, a classical dance form, is indigenous to the northeastern state of Manipur. As typical of the other classical dances forms of India, Manipuri dance is imbued with spiritual and religious content and flavor.
Bandopadhay will give two sessions in the University Student Union Ballroom, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. and 2-3:15 p.m..
"The graceful style of Manipur has attracted me from my childhood,” said Sruti. “I find the expressions of my thought in the movements of my body and my training in Manipuri dance supports me to realize them."
Sruti has been performing extensively in the national and international circuit for the last 25 years. The National Television of India has awarded her a Top Grade in Manipuri Dance and she has received numerous awards and honors for her performances. Apart from being a performer of repute, Sruti has earned a Ph.D. in Dance with the Junior Research Fellowship awarded by the University Grants Commission of India. She is an associate professor in the Department of Dance of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India and is currently a Fulbright Fellow in the Department of World Arts and Culture at UCLA, where she teaches classes on Indian dance.
Sruti presents regular lecture demonstrations and workshops on Indian dance, writes regularly in national and international journals, guides student research, and conducts research on dance. Her creative and experimental work on dance with her Sruti Performing Troupe in India has received wide acclaim.
The event is open to campus and local communities. For more information, e-mail Jyotsna Pattnaik, co-chair of the South Asia committee, or call 562/985-9370.