Posting Date: November 4, 2010

Ivan Pulinkala is first recipient of Cobb Symphony Award
Pulinkala is founding director of the KSU Program in Dance

Courtesy of Cobb Symphony Orchestra

Ivan Pulinkala was presented with a plaque and

a cash award when he was honored by

the Cobb Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 13.

Photo by Cheryl Anderson Brown



Ivan Pulinkala, founding director of the Program in Dance at Kennesaw State University is the first recipient of the Cobb Symphony Orchestra’s Award for Artistic Excellence. The award will be presented during the Cobb Symphony Master Works Concert on Nov. 13, 2010 at the Murray Arts Center.

“We selected Ivan to be the first award recipient because he embodies the spirit of the award. He has made major contributions to the cultural landscape of Georgia by his groundbreaking artistic work and by his commitment to the development of the next generation of artists,” Michael Alexander, musical director of the Cobb Symphony said.

Ivan Pulinkala, originally from New Delhi, India, moved to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Dance. He began his career in India where he served as director of his own dance company, 1994-1998. He served as the choreographer and director for Delhi Music Theatre for five years and was named one of the Indian Artists of the Millennium by "India Today Magazine."

Pulinkala is recognized for his use of the medium of dance to alter physical space. He often blends political subject matter with the physical exploration of space to create work that is physically dynamic and infused with strong theatrical elements. Pulinkala has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (2005) and the Murray State University Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award (2005). His most recent works, "Chakra, "Lost" and "Succubus" have been highly acclaimed. Most recently, "Chakra" was performed by KSU students at the National Dance Festival in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, he received a Clendenin Fellowship from Kennesaw State to complete his doctoral studies.

Pulinkala is the founding director of the Program in Dance at Kennesaw State University. He began the program in 2005 and today it enrolls more than 80 dance majors and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Pulinkala teaches courses in modern technique, choreography, dance history, kinesiology, and performance and is the artistic director of the Kennesaw University Dance Company.

The new award, developed this year by the Cobb Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, is the next step in an effort to expand the reach of the organization according to Bob Sanna, Executive Director of the Symphony.

“The Cobb Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Georgia,” Sanna said. “Over the years, it has collaborated with diverse cultural organizations, in Georgia and nationwide. We hope that this awards program will highlight the diversity of cultural offerings in Georgia and that it will foster support for all the arts.”

The Master Works Concert on November 13, 2010 will feature the renowned cellist, Matthew Allen playing the "Cello Concerto" by Antonin Dvorak. Other works featured on the program include Felix Mendelssohn’s "Hebrides Overture," "Mass" by Igor Stravinsky, and the "Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Murray Arts Center on the campus of Mount Paran Christian School, 2250 Stilesboro Road, Kennesaw, Georgia.

For more information or to reserve your ticket, call 770-429-7016 or go online.




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