The third evening of Odissi International witnessed, a wonderful presentation by acclaimed Odissi dancer Aruna Mohanty. She presented a multi lingual and multi textual theme on Krishna with perfect ease. Dealing with a multilingual and multi textual theme itself is a highly challenging one, but for Aruna, the challenge was just too small. Her body language was just like a perfect spontaneous poetry. Depicting Krishna as an innocent child, a charmer, a rescuer and a lover, Aruna went from one episode to another like a classic poem. Effortless expressions and lyrical movements made the performance one of the rarest treasure. It was simply mesmerizing.
Another remarkable presentation came from three young students of Ratikanta and Sujata Mohapatra. Irina Komissarova presented Ahe nila saila… like a committed devotee. Her dance was a terrific blend of prayer and aesthetic grammar. Geetanjali Acharya presented Lalita labangalata parisilana…. . Her spontaneous expression, flawless execution, her involvement with the text was absolute. Nettalie Rout presented complex Hamsadhwani pallavi that made the show so enjoyable.
Among the seniors Kasturi Pattnaik presented Ghenai ambhe jete…., narrating the Champu with hearty expressions, Manjusree Panda’s Abhinaya were highly admirable. The other performers who marked their impressive presence were Madhulita Mohapatra, Olga Fomina, Sudeshna Jena, Rashmi Raj and Prachi Hota.
Tari jham is becoming a sound of limitlessness. It has the power to go beyond nations and nationalities. Artistes from Japan and Russia jointly presented an Odissi pallavi conforming Odissi grammar and body language. Studio Odissi, Tokyo, Japan led by Kazuko Yasunobu made a superb Odissi show. Odissi Jivan Nritya, Indian Cultural Center, Moscow led by Vitalina Lobach enthralled the audience by presenting Ganesha Vandana, Aravi Pallavi and Mokshya.
Dr. Illeana Chitaristi, Bichitrananda Swain, Jyoti Rout, Durga Bor and Nilambar Rath graced as guests.