Artistes performing on the second day of the Gotipua Dance Festival at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar on Friday
Artistes performing on the second day of the Gotipua Dance Festival at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar on Friday
Bhubaneswar: The second day of the Gotipua Dance Festival added yet another interesting evening, showcasing scintillating performances by four reputed Gotipua dance groups-the Nakshyatra Gurukula from Gaudia in Brahmagiri, Chandrasekhar Gotipua Kala Sansad from Dimirisena in Brahmagiri, Nilakantheswar Gotipua Gurukula, Dance Akademi from Ghatakudi in Brahmagiri and Aradhana Dance Akademi from Kandagoda in Brahmagiri.

Artistes of Nakshyatra Gurukula started their performance with a Bandana “Kasturi Tilakam” –an invocatory piece-as the customary presentation of Gotipua Dance. That was followed by “Sa Re Ga Ma Pallavi” depicting pure dance sequences, much to the delight of the audience. In the Abhinnaya, they performed on a traditional song “Bajilani Bajiba Bajuchilo Rajiba Nayanan”, which depicts a Sakhi’s conversation with Radha. This enchanting piece was emotive and was beautifully presented by the dancers. Their last item was “Bandha Nrutya“, in which the artists displayed acrobatic skills with ease and perfection.

The Chandrasekhar Gotipua Kala Sansad began with a Pallavi set to raga “Bakula Bharana” followed by two abhinnayas-the first one “Dheere Radha Kara Dhari” composed by poet Abhimanyu Samanta Singhar and the other one was a Chhanda, “Kamala Lochana Karichi Manna” composed by Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja.

The Nilakantheswar Gotipua Gurukula Dance Akademi started their performance with “Jagarana Nrutya” dedicated to Lord Shiva, “Bande Umapati Sura Guru”, followed by “Janana“- a devotional piece in honour of Lord Balunkeswara, the presiding deity of village Dimirisena-the hometown of the group. This was followed by a performance on a popular song called “Sarana Galire Murali Toro” composed by poet Banamali and another Abhinaya, “Aau Kahakara Dharibi Re Sajani” composed by Upendra Bhanja. Their programme concluded with Bandha Nrutya, which regaled the audience.

Aradhana Dance Akademi started their performance with an Abhinnaya “Dekha Go Radha Madhaba Chali” a very popular song performed by Gotipuas during Chandan Yatra, followed by another Natyangi Abhinnaya, “Saja Kanja Nayana Kunje Aare”. They concluded the programme with Bandha Nrutya.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion were 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, Shri Ananta Mohapatra, eminent theatre personality, renowned Mardala Guru Banamali Moharana and Shri Ratikant Mohapatra, Director, Srjan. The programme was compered by Dr. Mrutunjay Rath, Dr. Mitali Chinara and Mamata Panigrahi.