Sojo Konjo Noyona
In this Odissi Abhinaya (storytelling piece), a sakhi (friend) asks the beautiful Radha to go to the garden with beautiful flowers, where Krishna and the gopikas(cowherdesses) await her. She says, “Oh lotus eyed one, come to the garden where Krishna is playing the melodious flute. Everyone is chanting your name, and if you don’t join soon, they will leave without you.” Eventually, she convinces Radha to accompany her, and the two friends journey towards the garden to rejoice in ecstasy.
Jeevika is a dancer and choreographer who explores the confluence of her cultures through her art. Her background is in Odissi, an East Indian classical dance form known for its nuanced storytelling and graceful fluidity. She has been learning under the guidance of Guru Jyoti Rout for the past 18 years, and is now a teacher/choreographer with her dance company, Jyoti Kala Mandir. She is a UC San Diego graduate, where she earned a BS in Mathematics with minors in Linguistics and Dance, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at UC Irvine.
Music: Sri Sarat Kumar Sahoo
Rhythm: Sri Satchitananda Das
Choreography: Guru Jyoti RoutArtist: Jeevika Bhat