Bhubaneswar: The second evening of the national choreography festival Samrachana on Friday was an evening full of tales. Dancers as narrators told us stories from Mahabharata and Buddha Jataka. Both the group were in a story telling mood. Renowned Kuchipudi dancer and choreographer Vaijayanthi Kashi and her Shambhavi Dance Group picked up stories from Mahabharata and Odissi Guru Durga Charan Ranbir set up a journey into the life of the Great Budhha. It was heartening to see the tales metamorphosed into dance pieces. The festival basically designed to present the contemporary choreographic works got its share of success. Second evening of the festival was full of traditional flavor and enriching Desi aroma.
Narrating the Pain
Vaijayanti Kashi’s performance named as STABDHA or dumbfound, picked up two major women characters from Mahabharata and used them as a mode to communicate traumatic life of women in our society. Gandhari and Draupadi came up in Vaijayanti’s work as the representative of eternal womanhood. It was indeed a powerful theme, but lacked a power packed vision in the choreography. It was more melodramatic. However Vaijayanti’s Shambhavi was well organized. The theme chosen by the team was very powerful, but presentation style was a bit melodramatic. Depicting Gandhari, Vaijayanti truly communicated the feeling of a dumb found women devastated by the destiny.
The other highly powerful character Draupadi taken up by young and promising Prateeksha Kashi looked a bit unimpressive. Prateeksha has to go a long way. She is a brilliant dancer but yet to get ready to go for such a powerful Abhinaya.
Simple and Superb
Durga Charan Ranbir’s presentation was simple and superb. There was no jargon or choreographic gimmicks. It was a smooth sailing from the beginning till the end. Budhha’s life story was knitted by the choreographer in a subtle and simple way. Durgacharan Ranbir’s appearance on stage in various characters was quite enchanting. His body is so fit and fine that he can still be a competitor to his younger disciples. The movements of swan, dear, horses and the composition of a chariot on wheel were thrilling. I liked the simplicity and communicative straightness of the story. Controlled energy and crafty compositions are truly moving. Sukanta Kundu’s music demands a pat on his back.
Surya Narayan Patra, State Revenue Minister, Odissi exponent Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, Sarat Pujari, President of OSNA, A. K. Tripathy, Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture and Aruna Mohanty, Chief Dance Critic of New York Times Allester Macauley and Vice-President of OSNA graced the evening as guests.