Before receiving training from legendary guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Daksha has received training under the illustrious guru Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai at Darpana in Bharatnatyam. This training has enriched her skills. With a rigorous training in Bharatnatyam, she felt a desire to look into the multiple layers of Classical Indian Dance. This research instilled her a 'deeper understanding of aesthetics and form'.
Daksha Mashruwala today serves as the exponent of the traditional art form of Odissi and is also a teacher and choreographer. She has made her audiences mesmerized with her performances in India and outside India. Besides executing dance performances she has also conducted several workshops and lecture-demonstrations to her credit for the last two decades. At many highly esteemed festivals she has executed her performances. Some of them are: Pt. Durgalal Festival, Mumbai in the year 1997; Khajuraho Festival, with Guru Shri KeluCharan Mahapatra, in the year 1998; Paranga Mahotsav, Mysore, in the year 1999; Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 1999 etc.
Outside India Daksha Mashruwala has performed at: Odissi Festival, Washington, in the year 2000; Gandhi Peace Foundation, Toronto, in the year 2000; Canadian Museum, Ottawa, in the year 2000; South East Asian Arts, San Francisco, in the year 2000; Brisbane, in the year 2001; International Conference on Mirabai, Los Angles (with Mallika Sarabhai), in the year 2002; 10 City Tour of USA, 2004. For her outstanding performances she has been conferred many honors. The Center of World Music, San Diego and Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Ottawa, are amongst many others who have shown their felicitation towards this great dancer.
Daksha Mashruwala as a creative performer has choreographed many innovative items in Odissi style. She also possesses an aim of promoting Odissi dance and music like other Indian traditional art forms. To name a few items choreographed and composed by her are: 'Janani Vasundhara' a ballet on the Vasant or Spring Season; 'An idea Named Meera' a duo with Mallika Sarabhai; Understanding the Cosmos through 'Panchamahabhuta'; 'Premabhakti' a dance ballet; 'Srikrishna Parijatam' a dance ballet in four classical dance styles. She has made some creative interpretation of the story of 'Rukmini Haran' in the form of an Odissi dance ballet; the 'Nayikas of Kalidasa' namely from the Meghadoota and Kumarasambhava; 'Navaras' the nine rasas as evoked by Nature; 'Abhayacharan' a piece on Swami Prabhupadaji for a TV serial. Daksha Mashruwala has also conducted several workshops in order to spread this art form. Intense Mardala Workshop in Mumbai for aspiring percussionists; Odissi dance practice workshop sessions; Workshops for senior dancers in Aurangabad, Pune and U.S.A.; Participation in the Tala workshop for understanding and organizing Odissi Tala system; Guru Purnima Festival, inviting contemporary dancers to perform as a homage to late Guru Padmavibhushana Kelucharan Mohapatra are to name a few.
Daksha Mashruwala is presently associated with formation of 'Sanyuktam', which is a 'collaborative initiative for enrichment of the cultural heritage through various productions and activities'. It is considered to be the collective effort of three prominent Odissi dancers who resides in Mumbai. Debi Basu, Daksha Mashruwala and Anandi Ramchandran are senior disciples of Padmavibhushan Late Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra who aimed at forming 'Sanyuktam'. Daksha Mashruwala establishes her own institutions 'Kaishiki', which enrich the Indian classical art scenario with talented youngsters. Some of them have also bloomed as solo performers. The name 'Kaishiki' has been inspired by one of the four Vrittis or styles described the Natyashastra. Through this institution she aims 'to continue the tradition of passing the art form in as pure a form as imparted to her by her Guru'.
(Last Updated on : 28-07-2014)
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