Bhubaneswar: Young dancers showcased their dancing talent at the event titled ‘Upasaranam’ organised by Srjan founded by eminent Odissi dancer Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra at Rabindra Mandap here on Saturday.
The objective of the event is to discover new talents in Odissi dance and create an opportunity for them to perform on a major platform.
The audience witnessed young Odissi artistes staging popular recitals from all segments of the dance form. The dancers showcased immense confidence and command over the art form with swift feet movements and lively gestures.
The first presentation of the evening was “Mangalacharan”, with the young artistes paying obeisance to Lord Jagannath and then performing a Vishnu Vandana accompanied by the shloka, ‘Shantakaram Bhujagashayanam’ from the Vishnu Sahasranamam. The group composition was by Pragna Parimita Das and the dancers, Amrita, Anisha, Anshita, Bhabna, Gul, Himakshi, Ipsita, Monali, Ritika, Shree, Shubhashree, Shubhra, Shreya and Swikruti beautifully portrayed Lord Vishnu’s grandeur.
This was followed by “Guru Vandana”, a salutation to the guru, performed by the youngest dancers of Srjan – Abhisikta, Akankshya, Anwesha, Ashmita, Cariline, Chinmayee, Dishita, Sagun, Saishree, Sai Shreya, Sushree and Swati.
Next was a technical dance, “Batu”, presented with meticulous footwork and precision by Akankhya, Amrita, Anushka, Anwesha, Bhabyaa, Bibhinnita, Dipranwita, Maitri, Manyata, Nandini, Pratikshya, Riya and Somalin.
The evening also witnessed a solo presentation “Bhagavati Stotram”, presented by Shivangi Panigrahi, granddaughter of the timeless legend Sanjukta Panigrahi, portraying the power and grandeur of Goddess Durga.
The next performance was a “Pallavi”, set to Raag Mohana and Triputa Taal, presented by Angelina, Ansita, Mehek, Mihika, Priti Pragyan, Sarmistha, Shilpa, Sruti Joshna, Sushree Sangita, Swostideepa.
The concluding performance of the evening was “Bho Shambho”, an energetic and delightful blend of music and choreography. presented by Dibyashree, Prajakta, Prerna, Reebdhita, Subhashree, Tanushree and Tuhin.