Bhubaneswar: Srjan – Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Nrutyabarsha presents an Odissi dance drama “Kubjaa” in association with Ministry of Culture, Government of India on February 27, 2016 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

The artistes of the Srjan presenting their first presentation Ganjesha Bandana “Vinaayaka-Smaranam” from Narada Purana. The dance was choreographed by Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra and music was composed by Sri Binod Bihari Panda followed by Astapadi “Raase Harimiha” from Geetagovinda. Last presentation of the evening was “Kubjaa”. Lord Krishna’s leela reflected in the story of Kubjaa, a beautiful maiden burdened with an unfortunate hunchback. On an invitation from king Kansa, Krishna and his brother Balarama set off on a visit to the picturesque Mathura during the Dhanu festival. An atmosphere of festivity surrounds Mathura and beautiful women cast admiring looks at the handsome Krishna. On the way to the palace, Krishna meets Kubjaa and moved by the pretty maiden’s plight, decides to cure her. Informed that she serves the King by adorning him with colour and perfume, the play full Krishna expresses his wish to be similarly served. In return Krishna cures the unfortunate maiden of her hunchback, a mesmerized and adoring Kubjaa falls in love with Krishna and begs him for a blissful union. Krishna promises to meet her on his return from Palace. At the palace Krishna and his brother slay the evil demons Chanura and Mustika, the cruel king Kansa also falls to his death. Kubjaa wait for the return of her beloved Krishna ends when they are finally joined in the bliss of divine love. The choreography of this mythological presentation was by Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, the music was composed by Lakshmikant Palit and the script prepared by Shri Nityananda Misra.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Member Board of Revenue; Shri Sobhagya Mohapatra, Mayfair Hotel, Bhubaneswar and Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, Director, Srjan. The programme was compered by En. Srinivas Ghatuari.