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April 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

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Beauty of Classic Dance


Odissi is a traditional form of dance from Orissa, in Eastern India. Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia is on a 14-show tour across the U.S. with four musicians from Orissa for the next several weeks. The Oriyas of Greater Seattle, a cultural group from Orissa, brought them here to perform their piece, 'Samsara, The Cycle of Life', a music and dance performance at the cultural center Sunday, April 29, 2012. "My goal is to make it [classical art] a little bit more meaningful and relevant, especially to the second generation," said Patnaik, who was born and raised in the U.S. but studied extensively in India. The word Samsara signifies the soul's journey through life - birth, death, and reincarnation.


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Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia performs a traditional Odissi dance at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday, April 29, 2012. Odissi is a traditional form of dance from Orissa, in Eastern India. Patnaik is on a 14-show tour across the U.S. with four musicians from Orissa for the next several weeks. The Oriyas of Greater Seattle, a cultural group from Orissa, brought them here to perform their piece, 'Samsara, The Cycle of Life', a music and dance performance at the cultural center Sunday.

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Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia gets ready to perform a traditional Odissi dance at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday, April 29, 2012. Hands and feet are painted red for performances (with a marker pen, in the U.S., red ink in India) to highlight the intricate movements to the audience.

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Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia gets help inking up her palms and feet from Itu Mohapatra, left, of Seattle, and Reena Mohapatro, right, of Bellevue, while preparing to perform a traditional Odissi dance at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday, April 29, 2012. Hands and feet are painted red for performances (with a marker pen, in the U.S., red ink in India) to highlight the intricate movements to the audience.

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Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia gets ready to perform a traditional Odissi dance at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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Musician Ramesh Chandra Das prepares his violin to perform with dancer Shibani Patnaik.

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Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia applies ornamental makeup to perform 'Samsara, The Cycle of Life', a music and dance performance, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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At left, performer Shibani Patnaik puts rings on each finger to perform 'Samsara, The Cycle of Life', at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center. At right, Patnaik puts on her head piece made of dried reeds.

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From left, Rupak Kumar Parida, Bijaya Kumar Barik, Ramesh Chandra Das, and Jabahar Mishra pray with dancer Shibani Patnaik before performing 'Samsara, The Cycle of Life', a music and dance performance, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday.

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At left, Shibani Patnaik of Philadelphia gets help inking up her palms from Reena Mohapatro. At right, Patnaik performs 'Samsara, The Cycle of Life', at the Rainier Valley Cultural Arts Center Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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