Bhubaneswar: For the second time Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre under the aegis of the Department of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Odisha organised the Gotipua Dance Festival which started on 15th November – 2012 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubnaeswar.
This festival is now set to attract connoisseurs from across the Globe for its elegance, grandure and pristine flavour. The first day witnessed an excellent show featuring three eminent Gotipua Dance Troupes who excelled one another by their splendid performance. The premier institute, Dasabhuja Gotipua Nrutya Parishad of village, Raghurajpur founded by late Guru Maguni Das had their presentation with Guru Vandana followed by an Abhinaya on a traditional song ‘Ki Sovago Kunje Madana Mohana Chahanre Prana Mitani” sung during Jhulana Jatra of Lord Jagannath set to Raag Ananda Bhairabi and Taal Ektali.
This was followed by Saregama Pallavi, Remama Padhani, a typical rhythmic dance without any literary content except some Banis or rhythmic syllables. The second programme was by the artistes of Abhinna Sundar Gotipua Nrutya Parishad from the same village who presented Pahandi Bije, a sequence when Lord Jagannath coming out of temple for the car festival, an innovative piece was conceived and designed by Sri Basant Maharana, the young Gotipua master. This was followed by a very popular Abhinaya on the song “Ahe Neela Saila” composed by poet Salbeg. The sequences in the song were beautifully choreographed and presented depicting different characters by the Gotipua artists. The group ended its programme with Bandha exhibiting different skills with acrobatic gestures much to the joy and ecstacy of the audience.
The concluding programme was presented by the small boys of Konark Natya Mandap founded by Late Guru Gangadhara Pradhan indeed stole the show. Beginning with Badya Pallavi the artistes presented a blend of beautiful rhythmic syllables with nimble body movement. They switched to Chhanda “Bitalaku Alingana” written by Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanj. In this dance number set to Raag Chokhi and Taal Rupak, the artistes exhibited impeccable gestures with Mudras followed by an Abhinaya “Dekhiba Para Asare Shree Banshidhara Beshaku” which received tremendous applause and appreciation from the art lovers. The bandha dance presented by the artists was perfectly synchronized and elegantly executed. The whirling of limbs, gyrations and wonderful balance of time and movement, vertuosity with elegance and aesthetics through singing and dancing espousing the philosophy of Sakhi Bhava i.e. offering one’s own self to Krishna as female attendants marked the performance of the Gotipuas. The festival was live telecasted by DD-Bharati and Live Webcast by NIC.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Shri Maheswar Mohanty, Hon’ble Minister, Tourism, Culture and P & C; Dr. Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, Eminent Odissi Dance Exponent and Former Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University; Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Shri Sushil Kumar Das, Director, Culture; Shri Harishankar Upadhyay, Director, Tourism and Prof. Ramahari Das, Chief Executive Odissi Research Centre. The programme was compered by Dr. Mrutunjay Rath, Dr. Mitali Chinara and Mamata Panigrahi.