Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Suzanne Lee: Odissi Dance


Suzanne Lee is a Malaysian photographer who started her career while attending an Angkor Photography Workshop in Siem Reap. Her coverage of a small community of blind masseurs there resulted in her being given second place in the workshop's Paris-Match award.

She's currently based in Delhi, working freelance as a photographer and multimedia journalist. She's working on a collaborative photo book project on Jewish festivals around the world, and also pursues personal projects across Asia.

I particularly liked her gallery of photographs of Odissi dancers getting readied for their performance.

Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India, and originates from the state of Orissa, in eastern India. I traveled in parts of Orissa, and recall photographing various forms of indigenous dances, including the unusual Gotipua dancers which I posted about here.