Sapan Kumar Acharya's offering revolves around the ancient and graceful art form of Seraikella Chhau dance. Through his teaching, clients (students) embark on a transformative journey that encompasses inner strength, flexibility, and heightened concentration.
Seraikella Chhau, an ancient art form initially practiced by the king's army of Seraikella, has evolved into a modern offering through Sapan Kumar Acharya's teachings. This captivating dance form is not confined to the stage; it offers a holistic approach to build inner strength and flexibility. Firstly, the intricate movements foster body balance and coordination, bolstering proprioception and reducing the risk of falls and injuries. Secondly, the rigorous practice routines enhance stamina and endurance, translating into improved energy levels and resilience in daily activities. Moreover, the graceful and fluid motions of Chhau enhance flexibility and joint mobility, alleviating stiffness and discomfort. Lastly, the art's demanding nature requires intense concentration, sharpening one's ability to focus and maintain mental clarity in various aspects of daily life. In essence, Sapan's Chhau dance teachings provide a multifaceted approach to physical and mental wellbeing, making it not just an art form but a comprehensive path to a healthier and more balanced life.
Consistent practice is essential and participants should allocate dedicated time for daily or weekly practice sessions of 16 set of exercises.
Sapan Kumar Acharya is a distinguished figure deeply rooted in the centuries-old tradition of Seraikella Chhau dance, hailing from the fifth generation of a family dedicated to preserving and advancing this art form. His journey began under the guidance of his father and continued through the mentorship of revered teachers, shaping him into a versatile artist, educator, and musician. With a unique blend of traditional and modern education, Sapan's scholarly pursuits have garnered recognition from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and contributed to understanding Chhau's historical evolution. His passion has taken him worldwide, showcasing Chhau's beauty and complexity, and earning him accolades, including the Kala Guru Samman.
Natya Shastra - The Natya Shastra elaborates on dance, drama, and music's spiritual and therapeutic benefits. It suggests that engaging in dance can lead to improved wellbeing by promoting physical fitness, emotional release, and spiritual elevation.
Context: A seminal treatise on the performing arts, authored by Bharata Muni, dated between 200 BCE and 200 CE.
Ashtanga Hridayam - It includes discussions on the holistic aspects of maintaining health, including the significance of physical activities that balance the doshas (body energies), which is relevant to the vigorous physicality of Chhau dance.
Context: A comprehensive text on Ayurveda, written by Vagbhata around the 7th century CE."
Research paper: Indian Classical Dances as Yoga: A Route to Powering Positive Psychological Traits
Main author: Chirmi Acharya
Date of publishing: 2016
Abstract: The paper draws parallels between Indian classical dances and yoga, emphasizing their importance in promoting health and positive psychological traits.
Research paper: Physical & Mental Health for Indian Classical Dance
Main author: P BalajiDeekshitulu
Date of publishing: 2019
Abstract: This article discusses the active, non-competitive form of exercise that Indian classical dance provides, which has potential positive effects for physical health as well as mental and emotional wellbeing. It covers therapeutic approaches with various forms of Indian dances and their effects on body movements, body balancing, expression, muscle movement, muscle constriction, and relaxation.
30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with Guru Sapan Acharya.
The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.
Introduction to brief history and origins of Chhau dance
Explanation of how Chhau dance originated from the movements of animals, birds, and natural elements like water and wind
Understand how it can help build inner strength, resilience, and mental clarity
Demonstration of various Chhau movements and forms
Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course
For the session, you are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, such as loose-fitting pants and a t-shirt.
A cloth waistband is also recommended to provide support during the dance training.
The specialist will be tailoring the practice workshop for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.
The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.
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