Srishti Dances of India is an Ann Arbor, Michigan based
Odissi/Indian classical dance company which has been
active since 1995. The Artistic Director of Srishti is
well known Odissi dancer Sreyashi Dey. Srishti's mission
is to disseminate India's cultural heritage through
performances of Indian classical dance, music and theatre.
The company plays an educational role in the community and
regularly presents lecture demonstrations, multi-media
presentations and workshops. Srishti offers instruction in
Indian classical dance in the Odissi style.
Srishti is committed to increasing the region's
multi-cultural offerings and has reached out to a diverse
and large cross section of audiences in its endeavors.
Focusing on the Odissi style of Indian classical dance
from eastern India, Srishti's productions are marked by
strong roots in the classical traditions. At the same time
the company develops new and innovative choreography with
breadth of vision, both within and across cultures. The
infusion of contemporary thought into the practice of
ancient art forms has been a hallmark of its
presentations. One of Srishti's goals is also to preserve
and present the wide variety and richness of the different
styles of Indian classical dance. Toward this objective,
the company invites well-known performers of different
styles to present their artistry with the Srishti dancers,
locally and in several US cities on tour every year.
Initially founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the
organization grew to a prominent place in the arts
landscape of the city over a decade, establishing annual
performing seasons, receiving many media accolades and
wide support from arts funding agencies and audiences.
Srishti reached out to several artists in Pittsburgh
through meaningful collaborations that were presented as
performances in its seasons. Collaborations have included
work with modern dance companies, African dancers, theater
companies, storytellers, musicians, visual artists,
film-makers and photographers. Srishti's national touring
program has been extremely successful. Every year the
company has traveled to 10-15 cities across the US, in
addition to other parts of the world and India.