Unlike other contemporary choreographers working with classical or traditional forms, she does not contrive flashy vocabulary from other movement forms or call for pyrotechnic staging. She has spent years building her base and returns to universal themes and trusted collaborators such as Venkateswaran, to take risks, drill deep, and turn out astonishing work year after year. 2017 is a triumph for Chowk, even without being granted regular public funding by the National Arts Council.
Pioneering and brave, Pallavi In Time clearly defines a new contemporary path for this movement vocabulary... Pallavi In Time revisits the odissi vocabulary that underpins Maitra’s creative process and is a ground- breaking work in the Indian classical canon.
It was the war played out in sound - a sonic onslaught that the stoic dancers braved with their unrelentingly calm and assured moves.
Heavily charged with emotions of despair and dashing any hopes these dancers leave the audience in awe.
Maitra’s choreography flowed beautifully while expressing tenderness, fragility and pensiveness through the four female dancers’ well-trained bodies.
..five classically trained dancers moving together, connected through perfect rhythmic footwork.
The dancers, led by the Odissi- trained Maitra, bring life to these imaginings .. They are beautiful to watch, their movements deliciously controlled, graceful and sensuous, belying the strength that this dance form demands.
Raka Maitra impressed people here in Avignon .. and I can say that nobody will look at Indian dance the same way now that (she) has paved the way for a different approach to this dance.
..a transportive evening, began with demonstrated sensual beauty,exquisite control and the importance of having a firm foundation in any contemporary work.
The blind age feels like a major milestone for the company....an all encompassing meeting of the performing arts,creating a completely immersive theatrical experience.
Her body is the primary tool of communication and accordingly her movement holds full attention. Maitra moves articulately, full of feminity and strength.
Maitra is without doubt a dancer of the 21st century. Her deep grounding in technique was evident in the facility with which she executes and incorporates; taken in new directions, it is a great big grand jete forward.
Maitra moved freely and succeeded in developing a new movement vocabulary that had grown from the traditional roots.
Raka Maitra exudes a quality of peace and tranquility. Each and every movement reflects the artistic thought. A young master in the making.
Raka has a lot of intensity and intellect, a traceable style of her own; distinctive and compact body language.
Most bewitching of the performances was Maitra’s. In Aham; assured and emotionally rich.
Raka and her new movement in dance is a source of inspiration; redifining the different dimensions of Indian contemporary dance.