Peace, an unfolding

Peace, an unfolding

Soumee De


“Peace, an unfolding – a Pallavi”

“Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti ||”

“O Lord keep me not in (the Phenomenal World of) Unreality, but make me go towards the Reality (of Eternal Self),
Keep me not in (the Ignorant State of) Darkness, but make me go towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
Keep me not in (the World of) Mortality, but make me go towards the World of Immortality (of Self-Realization)
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.”

To Blossom in Peace is an abstract dance presentation that unfolds gradually from simple to intricate movement patterns alongside the elaboration of a classically aesthetic and graceful musical composition. The dancers maintain their sense of balance, control and calm in spite of the progressive challenges of the composition – a scenario that is reflective of life and its increasing complexities.

‘Pallavi’ in Odissi repertoire implies ‘to blossom’. Like the blossoming of a flower, the Pallavi gradually unfolds upon the Raga upon which it is based, creating a beautiful tapestry of rhythm, music and movement. This abstract dance presentation concludes with a rendition of the Sanskrit shloka chant “Om Asato man Sadgamaya” that seeks peace in spite of the challenges the dancers and artists face today.

Watch the full performance here.


Soumee De

Soumee De is joined by Soo Mei Fei and Aditi Raman for this performance. Soumee is a dancer, teacher and choreographer who has been training in Indian Classical dance forms – Kathak and Odissi – since the age of four. Soumee is a disciple of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra at Srjan, Bhubaneswar, India and currently an Odissi faculty at Apsaras Arts. She is a co-founder of Ethos – Exploring The Odissi Spirit, a community of Odissi dancers in Singapore, and recently hosted a series of Odissi related educational webcasts “ODE” featuring global scholars, dancers and teachers for holistic learning of dancers. She is the editor of Aavartana monthly newsletter published by Apsaras Arts and actively blogs in social media as a dance reviewer with the vision of growing the growing its appreciation beyond the boundaries of communities, borders, generations.

Soumee also offers ‘Dance-telling’ programmes at The Artground for young children. Among the recent performances, she was featured as a solo artiste at the Dance India Asia Pacific showcase by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay; performed in a new collaborative dance video ‘Kanna Va’ by IndianRaga and Apsaras Arts in September 2020; conducted a workshop on ‘Ramayana through Odissi and Puppetry’ at the Digital Culture festival by Indian Heritage Center; staged a new choreography ‘Ritu Ranga’ at the ARTWALK Little India Festival in January 2020; ‘River Ramble’ at the Stamford Arts Center opening by NAC in 2019; ‘Phenomenal Women’ on International Women’s Day at The American Club and performed a full length solo repertoire at ‘Tribhanga’ in the Darshana Intimate Dance Series by Apsaras Arts.

She is an Economics graduate, completed an MBA in Human Resources and works as a management consultant to create a better working world.