Press Releases

• Traditional Indian Dance, With Room for New Blood – The New York Times
by Alastair Macaulay – August 29, 2017
…Within the same genre, Mr. Das has more attack, more hunger. Nobody ate up space so eagerly or in more staggeringly nonstop sequences. I kept thinking, “When’s the abhinaya section coming?” for he kept his nritta on the go for many minutes on end: bounding in jumps, rapidly tapping the soles of his feet on the floor, and rippling torso, head, and arms with unstoppable brio. The alternation of nritta and abhnaya in his work is subtle: You see the stories and characterizations, but little keeps him from dance itself. He too performs with sweetness (bright eyes, engaging smile), and yet that’s incidental. Lithe and seemingly never tired, he’s a force of nature.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/arts/dance/drive-east-apoorva-jayaraman.html?mcubz=3
• Moving like a master, Indian Habitat Center – The Hindu
by Ranee Kumar – October 27, 2016
Avijit Das, a rising star on the Kuchipudi horizon, gave a commendable performance in the traditional repertoire for most part of his performance at the India Habitat Centre. For this critic it felt like going down memory lane to watch a vibrant execution of a ‘shabdam,’ ‘Dasavataram’ and ‘Tarangam’ devoid of interpolations in the name of sophistry. Avijit brought the memories of Kuchipudi masters come alive with his untampered style… the pieces are always crisp and invigorating and never too long-drawn; so did the dancer who kept a close eye on the text and idiom in all earnestness. His footwork, gesticulation and sancharis were accurate to the changing pace of the rhythm; the only polish he brought into the dance without sacrificing its purity of expression was his stylishly cut out movements and eloquent facial feelings in tune with the connotation of the lyric.

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/moving-like-a-
master/article9275309.ece?textsize=large&test=1

 

• Erasing Borders Dance Festival, Indo-American Arts Council – DanceViewtimes
by Leigh Witchel – August 21, 2016
Das performed at both concerts as well, but perhaps because he was pinch-hitting Saturday for another artist, we saw him at his best on Monday. “Tarangam” showed off his nature in a way “Dashavatara Shabdam” didn’t. To use ballet terms, Das is a petit allegro dancer: lithe and wiry, with speed, line, and a high center of gravity that seemed to float even when he was heading down into a knee bend. “Dashavatara Shabdam” made him look lightweight instead of like a speed demon. In “Tarangam,” he showed off his musicality and attack, moving from side to side during the tongue-twisting patter, finally stopping in attitude front and passing through a stable grand rond de jambe to the back.
http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2016/08/the-cosmopolitans.html
• Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, Part 2 Outdoors – Dancetabs
by Marina Harss – August 17, 2016
But the highlight, at least for me, was the performance by Avijit Das, a kuchipudi dancer from Bangalore. Das dances with a striking subtlety and crispness, a characteristic he shares with another kuchipudi dancer,Shantala Shivalingappa. Both were students of Vempati Chinna Satyam, a great innovator of the form. Perhaps these are elements of his school of kuchipudi. A slight, almost godlike smile illuminated Das’s face. His expression was open and bright, communicative but not ingratiating. His jumps were light and sharp, almost weightless. Das danced a tarangam, which included the traditional rhythmic gliding on a brass plate. It’s a trick move – look how I can cover ground on this plate without showing any effort in my upper body! – but whenever he or Shivalingappa do it, it acquires an ineffable grace.
http://dancetabs.com/2016/08/erasing-borders-festival-of-indian-dance-part-2-outdoors-new-york/
• BWW Review: ERASING BOARDERS FESTIVAL Transports The Audience To A Higher Plane
by Juan Michael Porter II, August 17, 2016
Avijit Das of Bangalore looked like a Disney Prince professing his undying love to some lucky damsel in “Dasavtaram, Tarangam”. Choreographed by Guru, Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, this piece presented Mr. Das as both a prince and a warrior, or a tiger in love. Granted this tiger used spry pas de chats, slicing arms along adiagonal, and a powerful attitude devant – that looked like a tail ready to envelop a loved one within a tight embrace – to express his passion. Ardor – or pride that is strong because of love – was what this dance communicated to me, particularly during the bowl dance. In the final section of this solo, Mr. Das stood on the edges of a brass bowl and shimmied rhythmically through lower body isolations to “walk” and slide forward across the stage. The vibrations of his lower body seemed to shake the very foundation upon which he danced,and yet to look at him from the waist upwards was to see a smiling man hovering in the air. Words are inadequate in detailing such marvels; some things have to be seen to be believed.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/BWW-Review-ERASING-BORDERS-FESTIVAL-Transports-The-Audience-To-A-Higher-Plane-20160817

• Broad Hints of Modern Angst at a festival of Indian Dance – New York Times
by Brian Seibert – August 16, 2016
The young Kuchipudi dancer Avijit Das presented 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu with similar precision to that of the veteran Bharatanatyam dancer Rama Vaidyanathan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/arts/dance/broad-hints-of-modern-angst-at-erasing-borders-festival-of-indian-dance-and-battery-dance-festival.html

• THE SEATTLE STAR” In the Absence of Feminine: Dance Like a Man
by Omar Willey – August 6, 2015
There is a Bharatanatyam dance performed by Pandit Avijit Das, an internationally renowned dancer. Pandit Das is an extraordinary dancer with incredible power radiating from his center, and I love this stuff. I’m immediately immersed in a world of dance.
http://www.seattlestar.net/2015/08/in-the-absence-of-the-feminine-dance-like-a-man/
• Young dancers at ‘The World of Dance’
by Dr. S. D. Desai – April 10, 2015
Avijit Das (Bangalore), who has the distinction of training earlier from Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam and currently Manju Bharggavee – not to mention his Kalakshetra background in Bharatanatyam. Beginning with ‘Ganesha Kautvam’, he turned to Dashavatara on Lord Vishnu’s ten incarnations, for a change, from the Sanskrit scholar and musician Telugu poet Narayana Teertha’s celebrated Shri Krishna Leela Tarangini. The performance was remarkable for its brisk tempo, expressive body language, rhythmic footwork and varying facial expression keyed to the clearly enunciated poetic lines and the music rendered with devotion.
http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev15/rev1750.html
• Celebrating the spirit of Indian dance, New Delhi
by Deccan Herald – November 18, 2014
Avjit Das, performed the Dasavatara with excellent abhinaya and nritya in Kuchipudi style. He concluded his act with Thillana in raga Dhanshree.
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/442151/celebrating-spirit-indian-dance.html
• Bhadrachala Raamadaasa Charithamu
Narthaki.com – April 8, 2014
Avijit’s prior Kalakshetra training reflects in his neat geometric lines and nritta. Manju Bhargavee’s choreography reflected her complete mastery over the Vempati Chinna Satyam bani of Kuchipudi. He is definitely one of the rising stars of Kuchipudi.
http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev14/rev1581.html

• Gratifying experience for the  rasikas -Friday Review
by B. Ramadevi, The Hindu, Coimbatore – December 6, 2012
Avijit Das (kuchipudi), disciple of Manju Bhargavi and Vempatti Chinna Satyam, depicted the beauty of Nature with extreme sensitivity in the course of ‘Mandooka Shabdam’ (depicting the story of Gajendra Moksham).

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/gratifying-experience-for-the-
rasikas/article4170830.ece

• Music and mythology come together – Baisakhi cultural festival showcases Indian traditions
The Telegraph, Calcutta – April 21, 2012
Avijit performed Koluvaitiva Rangasayi that spoke about many faces of Lord Vishnu. The dancer’s firm
movements, controlled steps and a swift transition of expressions were remarkable.
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120421/jsp/odisha/story_15397737.jsp#.VdwbESWqqko

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