By Kedar Mishra

Madhavi Mudgal and her group performing Odissi on the fourth evening on Sunday
Madhavi Mudgal and her group performing Odissi on the fourth evening on Sunday
Bhubaneswar: Nothing can be created out of void, but everything can be transformed into void and void can be so ecstatic, so soul stirring that one can experience it through a great piece of art. Dance as an art form basically depends upon visual language. Still it can be experienced in utter silence and the echo of a choreographic work can lead you into a marvelous silent zone where no visual remains, it was pure bliss of void ; the void of completeness.

On the fourth evening of Samrachana, the ongoing national choreography festival, Bhubaneswar folks got a chance to witness few brilliant art works by maestros and promising dancing stars. The evening belonged to two generations of Indian classical dancers and composers. Odissi, presented by Madhavi Mudgal, one of the finest disciple of Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra and an accomplished composer herself who belongs to the powerful second generation of Odissi and Bimbavati Devi, the young, promising and highly talented Manipuri exponent. It was so good to watch two generation of artistes in one stage. Though Madahvi Mudgal is senior most member of her repertory, she had a group of young disciple who are perfectly groomed to show up the excellence. Rigorous training and continuous practice were visible in their group work. Equally, Bimbabati with a capable group of classical and folk dancers, presented something extremely ecstatic.

Unlimited Ecstasy

Madhavi Mudgal and her group performing Odissi on the fourth evening on Sunday
Madhavi Mudgal and her group performing Odissi on the fourth evening on Sunday
My critic self was silent today. After watching Madhavi Mudgal and her group, a pure ecstasy engulfed my soul. It was soul satiating and just perfect. Slow, smooth and sweet – brilliance of Odissi radiated through Madhavi’s composition all the way. Starting with Ranga Stuti, an invocation to the lord of stage, Madhavi and her students set the mood of audience for a sacred journey into the world of pure art. Madhavi Mudgal’s velvety and highly evocative music and sensible movement of dancers with that music, created some magical moments. It was the magic of smoothness. The effect was intoxicating.

Bistara, the second presentation of Madhavi was basically a piece of Pallavi, with an innovative touch. Transition of dancers from one pose to other and entry and exit into the stage was so natural that one can see a natural lyric flowing through the composition. Taapoi– our own Odia legendary girl and goddesses, brought back to life through a highly innovative narrative choreography. What a marvel it was! Amazing and stunningly beautiful composition. The narration and the enactment of the famous Khudurukuni Osha on stage was like a magical reality.

Madhavi concluded her presentation with a Taala Baividhya, using many percussion instruments and their impressive bol. Musical sensibility of a choreographer can change the character of a composition and transform it to a superior level. This was seen in her choreography. Sound and silence compliment each other, with that goes the body narration. The brevity and exactitude of Chari and Bhramari were simply superb. As I told in the beginning my critic self was silent and I was intoxicated with ecstasy. Music by Madhup Mudgal and Maheswar Rao need to be complemented.

Krishna and his Sportive Charm

Bimbavati Devi and her group performing Manipuri on the fourth evening on Sunday
Bimbavati Devi and her group performing Manipuri on the fourth evening on Sunday
After Madhavi Mudgal’s powerful presentation of Odissi, Manipuri exponent Bimbavati Devi came to the stage with colors of ritual and spiritual aroma of Viashnavism in Manipur. Young and promising Bimbabati presented Leichan, which means an assortment of flowers, which is a four episodes compositing, where we delightfully experience the life, culture and rituals of Manipur. It was a different taste of Gita Govinda in Manipuri style. Gostha Kreeda was a beautiful work based on Krishna’s sport in rural Manipur. Also the last piece, Jai jai deva hare…. was really sweet. Use of space and props were beautiful. The dancers created a kind of temple atmosphere on stage. A very fulfilling evening.

Bimbavati Devi performing Manipuri on the fourth evening on Sunday
Bimbavati Devi performing Manipuri on the fourth evening on Sunday
Shri Aurobinda Behera, Member, Board of Revenue, Dr. Sarat Pujari, President, OSNA, Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture Department, Shri Susil Kumar Das, Director, Culture and Guru Aruna Mohanty, Vice President, OSNA graced the evening as the guests.