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Intern. Day of Dance & Music

Programme of the day


14:00 - 14:30  Dance performance - Foyer

“Bharatanatyam and Beyond”

Students of Rajyashree Ramesh ( - children and adults, beginners to advanced levels - present short innovative choreographies that reflect the rhythmic (nritta) and expressive/narrative (abhinaya) aspects of dance. A special feature will be a choreographic work-in-progress in different classical dance styles with dancers Nivedita Sairam, Abinaya Kamaraj, Subham Mukherjee, Gargi Pumapatre and Aakanksha Aditya Padhye. Presentations will be accompanied live by:

Manickam Yogeswaran and students (Carnatic Music)

Sankalita Mandal – Rabindra Sangeeth (Tagore songs)

Bo-Sung (Korean Drums)

14:30 - 14:55       Open Class Carnatic Music – Room 8

With Manickam Yogeswaran and students (

Based on Raga (improvised melodic scales) and compositions the participants have a chance to experience melodies of Carnatic (South Indian Classical) Music. The workshop is aimed at anyone who is interested in experiencing a South Indian approach to improvisation and spoken rhythmic compositions (sollkattu).

15:00 - 15:25     Workshop Hindusthani Violin – Room 3

With Madhuri Chattopadyay (

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the melodies (Raag) and rhythmical system (Tal) of classical music of North India (Hindusthani).

15:30 - 15:50     Performance Korean Drums – Global Music Stage

Unn Fahlstrøm, Kelvin King Fung Ng and Bo-Sung Kim present "Samdo Solchanggo", a Changgo Solo Piece, that incorporates rhythmic ideas from different regions. It originally comes from Pungmul, a style of performance with percussion, dance and acrobatics. It is followed by a dance from the island Jindo called "Jindo Buk Chum" (Version by master Byung-Chun Park) with Myunghyun Park (dance) and Bo-Sung Kim (Changgo). It is danced while playing on Buk, a barrel drum, with rhythms becoming as vibrant as the energetic and passionate dance.

15:50 - 16:15     Workshop Korean Drumming – Global Music Stage

With Bo-Sung Kim

In this interactive workshop, participants have the opportunity to learn basic techniques of playing “Changgo” (an hour glass shaped drum covered with rope-tuned skin either side), and a basic rhythm called "Hwimori”, together with a unique movement "Hohup”. Through this movement the player can feel the rhythm while performing.

16:20 - 16:45     Open Class Tabla - Room 3

Just about everyone can clap their hands. Based on this simple fact, Indian musicians have, over the millennia, developed a highly sophisticated rhythmic system and a refined finger technique in the art of drumming. The workshop is an introduction to the world of taal, the rhythmic cycles of North Indian music, with practical exercises on the tabla, the most well-known drum of India.

16:45 - 17:15   Intermission with Indian Delicacies for the palate

17:15 - 18:45   Dance Lec-Dem/Workshop – Room 9

“Richness in Form – individual interpretations”

(In English with German translations)

Rajyashree Ramesh presents with the guest artists Dr. Ileana Citaristi and Dr. Rajarajeswari Parisot a 90-minute special lecture-demonstration cum workshop on different styles and interpretations of Classical Indian Dance. After a short demonstration of these, participants will be encouraged to try out the intricacies of these styles. So please come prepared to move bare-foot (without shoes and socks).

18:55 – 19:15     Recital Tabla Ensemble – Global Music Stage

With students of Laura Patchen.

Tabla recital by Isabelle Felenda. Dilruba, North Indian bowing instrument by Viorica Buckow, with tabla accompaniment.

19:25 - 19:45 Recital Hindusthani Violin – Global Music Stage

Madhuri Chattopadhyay and her disciple. Tove Waldemarson will perform a traditional composition in a selected Raag. The composition consists of different parts, such as an alap in the beginning, meaning "making acquaintance”, followed by Gat, which will be accompanied by Cornelius Hogeweg on Tabla. The concluding part of the composition is Jhaala, a fast ending finale by all three musicians.

19:50 - 20:10   Recital Carnatic Music – Global Music Stage

With Manickam Yogeswaran and students

Yogeswaran and his students will jointly present vocal, flute (Bamboo flute) and “mirdangam” - double sided percussion. Starting with rhythm patterns from the younger group, the recital will feature compositions in flute and Carnatic vocal. It will conclude with a solo performance on “mirdangam” by Yogeswaran.

20:30 - 21:30 Evening performance – Global Music Stage

„Bharatanatyam meets world music“

An improvisatory performance by

Rajyashree Ramesh (Dance)

Manickam Yogeswaran (Vocal)

Lutz Streun (Bass Clarinet)

Bo-Sung Kim (Korean Drum)


Teachers at the GMA (please click name for further information)

Madhuri Chattopadyay
Bo-Sung Kim
Laura Patchen
Rajyashree Ramesh
Lutz Streun
Manickam Yogeswaran

Visiting guest artists

Dr. Ileana Citaristi

Dr. Ileana Citaristi is an Italian-born Odissi and Chhau dancer, guru and choreographer, based in Bhubaneshwar, India since 1979. She was awarded the 43rd National Film Awards for Best Choreography for Yugant, a Bengali film directed by Aparna Sen, in 1996 and conferred with the Padma Shri by the President of India in 2006 for her contributions to Odissi dance. Besides Yugant, Dr. Citaristi has also choreographed for M.F. Hussain's Meenaxi: Tale of Three Cities (2003) and Goutam Ghose's Abar Aranye (2004). Dr. Citaristi is the author of three books; ‘The Making of a Guru: Kelucharan Mohapatra, His Life and Times’ (2001), ‘Traditional Martial Practices in Orissa’ (2012) and ‘My journey, a tale of two births’ (2015). She is imparting training in Odissi and Chhau dance in her own institution Art Vision in Bhubaneswar, founded by her in 1996.

Dr. Rajarajeswari Parisot

Dr. Rajarajeswari Parisot comes from Pondicherry and has been living in France since 1982. After a brilliant academic and teaching career in India she earned her doctorate in Economics from the ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES en SCIENCES SOCIALES, Paris. Initiated into Bharata Natyam and Carnatic vocal music since a very young age and having trained under excellent masters in both fields, Rajarajeswari teaches economics, classical dance and music for the last three decades in France. A multi-talented artist and a conference speaker on Indian culture and traditions, Rajarajeswari works ceaselessly towards promoting cultural exchanges between India and France.