Innovations within the Tradition: Fourth Day of Odissi International

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Fourth Day of Odissi International
Fourth Day of Odissi International

Fourth Day of Odissi International
Fourth Day of Odissi International
Bhubaneswar: The fourth evening of Odissi International was full of delights and divinities. Watching a whole generation of Odissi dancers on stage and all of them coming up with so many variations and varieties was the gain from the fourth day of Odissi International 2011, organised by city based cultural organization ‘Samskritiki’.

Students of New Delhi based Kasturi Pattnaik sprang up like a magician’s flower with powerful foot works and critical body movements. Charukeshi Pallavi was a noteworthy work by Kasturi. Moreover, young Sitarist Swapneswar Chakravarthy, had a lot of promise as an upcoming Music Composer. Likewise students of US based dancer Niharika Mohanty marked their distinct presence. Talim and Taiyari were distinctly visible in their body language. Manikarnika, Anita, Divya, Rasika Kumar are a few names one must remember.

The evening was packed with excellence. Upcoming and accomplished stars of Odissi, came one by one on to the stage and spread the radiance of typical Odissi aesthetics. Young Pallavi Das from US opened up the evening with a terrific Abhinaya on Bajuchi sahi bajare... She was simply enchanting. Flawless and spontaneous expressions. Saswati Garai’s Shiva Parvati Shabda is yet another powerful composition of inimitable Sharmila Biswas and was well executed by Saswati. Rajasree Praharaj in Bhupeswari Pallavi and Kaustuvi Sarkar performing Varsha, impressed the audience. Leesa Mohanty in Nava Rasa brought back the raw beauty of Debaprasad Das’s style. Sandhya Manoj from Malaysia came up well with an Astapadi. Amanda Geroy’s involvement with Ahe Nilasaila…was just perfect. Akane Hosino from Japan and Elena Keyazeva from Russia charmed the audience. Asha Nambiar and her very young troup presented a Kalyan Pallavi and Batu.

Last but not the least Meera Das came up with a traditional Chhanda , Bibhusana Pushpe Ja kanti Jana…... It was a piece of expressionistic magic. She was so natural and spontaneous – her involvement with the text was purely complete. The beauty of Sita came alive once again. Tradition can never be old, it renews itself here and after, Meera proved it on the stage. The simplicity and spontaneity in an old Guru Kelucharan’s composition got a fresh lease of life through Meera’s effortless Abhinaya.

Mardal Maestro Dhaneswar Swain, Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda, accomplished Odissi dancers Meera Das, Sujata Mohapatra and Kasturi Pattnaik lighted the ceremonial lamp and kick started the fourth day’s event.

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