ABOUT MANIPURI DANCE VISIONS
“Dedicated to the service of Manipuri Dance – a dance style from northeastern India”
Manipuri Dance Visions, founded by Dr. Sohini Ray is a training institute of Manipuri dance along with its productions unit Manipuri dance Visions ensemble, and research archives open for consultation to any artiste or academic.
Since its inception students regardless of nationality or religion have been imparted training in Manipuri dance from the beginning level, and advanced students from different parts of my world have joined Manipuri dance visions to take specialized training from Dr. Ray.
Founder/ Artistic Director
Dr.Sohini Ray is an important name in the field of Manipuri dance. She is a versatile performer, director, chorographer, teacher and a scholar. She has toured all over India, North America and Europe performing in many prestigious venues both individually and with her students, receiving rave reviews from the press. Recently, she received the “Los Angeles Treasurers Award” given by the Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and the California Traditional Music Society.
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Manipuri Dance Visions Ensemble, the production unit of Manipuri Dance Visions – Institute of Manipuri dance is the only professional Manipuri Dance company in the west coast of North America. Founded by Sohini Ray, the renowned master-artiste of Manipuri dance, the company performs traditional repertoire of Manipuri dance adapted for the western stage.
The company’s debut production in 2007, Harao-Kummei: Joyful celebrations of Manipuri dance won a Lester Horton award nomination, and since then the company has been touring nationally receiving raving reviews from the press. In 2008, The production Gita Govinda as a part of world Festival of Sacred Music won the Lestor Horton award in the ‘World Dance’ category. It was also selected as ‘Critic’s pick’ in Los Angeles Weekly and was performed in a sold-out house in Fountain theatre, Hollywood.