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.

– CHAN SZE-WEI, ARTS EQUATOR

 
 

 
 
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
— Chan Sze-Wei, Arts Equator

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.
— Stephanie Burridge, The Straits Times (Singapore)

It was the war played out in sound - a sonic onslaught that the stoic dancers braved with their unrelentingly calm and assured moves.
— Lee Mun Wai, The Straits Times (on "The Second Sunrise"), 2016

Heavily charged with emotions of despair and dashing any hopes these dancers leave the audience in awe.
— Ezekiel Oliveira, FiveLines (on "The Second Sunrise") , 2016

Maitra’s choreography flowed beautifully while expressing tenderness, fragility and pensiveness through the four female dancers’ well-trained bodies.
— Lee Mun Wai, The Straits Times (on "The Second Sunrise"), 2016

...five classically trained dancers moving together, connected through perfect rhythmic footwork.
— Ezekiel Oliviera, FiveLines (On "Pallavi and Space") , 2016

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.
— Tan Li Min, The Straits Times (on "From Another Land", 2015)

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.
— Emmanuel Serafini, Director, Les Hivernales 2015 (France)