A cultural event, “Joy of Loving” portraying the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta is being presented by Nrityalaya School of Odissi Dance and Catholic University of America, with the support of Embassy of India, Washington D.C. Life of Mother Terasa presented as Dance Drama featuring Indian Classical Dance Odissi.
Joy of Loving, showcases Mother Terasa’s legacy of love, devotion and compassion. Directed and choreographed by Nrityalaya’s Founder Director Chitra Krishnamurti, the event is being performed in the US for the first time ever. Registration is necessary for admission.
Nrityalaya is a School of Indian Classical Odissi dance in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. Nrityalaya continues its work of nurturing and teaching Indian Classical Dance art form Odissi for the last 24 years.
Nrityalaya not only inculcates a pure traditional style of Odissi in its students, but also exposes them to ongoing innovation in the dance form through workshops that it organizes. In addition, Nrityalaya, under the guidance of its Founder Director Chitra Krishnamurti, has choreographed and produced numerous dance dramas including Mahatma Gandhi, Meera, Sudama Charitram, Dasavatar, Karna and the Gita Govindam.
Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti is the Founder Director of Nrityalaya. Chitra acquired her initial training from Guru Surendra Nath Jena at the Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi. She continued her training under Padmashri Sanjukta Panigrahi and Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the doyen of Odissi. Chitra has performed at reputed venues across the United States, India and Japan. Apart from being a dancer and choreographer, Chitra holds a PhD in biochemistry and is a Program Director at one of the Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.