Bindu Juneja, the renowned Odissi dancer from India and her troupe will perform at the Bishop`s College Auditorium in Colombo on August 15 at 6.30 p.m. Her programme in Colombo will also include performances at the Indian Cultural Centre on August 17 at 6.30 p.m. and in Kandy at the Dharmaraja College Auditorium on August 16 at 6.30 p.m.
Bindu Juneja`s visit to Sri Lanka is being sponsored by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to celebrate the 60th anniversary of India`s Independence.
Initially trained in Bharatha Natyam, in her childhood, at the Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow, Bindu Juneja was soon drawn towards the fluidity and lyrical mysticism of Odissi. She received training in the style from its eminent exponent Madhavi Mudgal at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi.
Bindu`s dance displays a fine classicism of expression which stems from her rigorous training and a profound understanding of the philosophy and aesthetics of Indian Art. She was also fortunate to have been in close proximity with Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, the grand maestro of Odissi, and imbibe the deeper nuances of his art.
In her pursuit of oneness with the dance for, she has emerged a sensitive and refined exponent of Odissi.
An `A` grade artiste of Doordharshan, Bindu has featured in several national telecasts.
She also has extensive experience of performing both within and outside India. She has performed in several prestigious festivals in the country.
Her performance tours abroad have been to the USA for the Festival of India in 1986, Mexico, the Slovak Republic, Sweden, Hungary, Vienna, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
She has been a recipient of the `Junior Research Fellowship` from the Department of Culture, Indian Government and also its production grant for a thematic presentation entitled `Sakshatkar Unravelling the True Nature of Lord Jagannath`.
Presently she trains students in her own dance Studio Parn, in Bhopal.