Bhubaneswar: To commemorate the 93rd birth anniversary of the doyen of Odissi dance, legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and to pay tributes to him, ‘Antardrishti‘ – a music and dance festival was organised by Srjan- Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre at Rabindra Mandap, here on Tuesday.

This years’ festival was a beautiful amalgamation of dance and music, featuring four Odissi recitals and a musical fusion.

The programme commenced with an Odissi recital by Sushree Riddhi Bhattacharya, who presented Jaya Mahesha, a prayer to Lord Shiva. Her rigourous training at Srjan from a young age reflected in her crisp movements and good stage presence during her presentation that was set to the choreography of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, to Raag- Ragamalika and Taal- Talamalika.

This was followed by a presentation of Arabi Pallavi by Sushree Bharati Mishra. It was a pure dance presentation, choreographed by the legendary maestro Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra that was set to Raag Aarabi and Ekatali, and set to the music composition of Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra. Technical prowess and a deep understanding of the accompanying music and rhythm reflected in her presentation.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Ram Bhajan- Sri Ramachandra Krupalu Bhajamana, composed by Saint Tulsidas by Smt. Rajashri Praharaj, known for her technical virtuosity and captivating stage presence. Set to the choreography of her Guru, Sri Ratikant Mohapatra and the beautiful music composition of Sri Pradeep Kumar Das in Raagamalika and Talamalika, her nuanced depiction of the various facets of Lord Rama in this devotional presentation epitomized grace and poise- the essence of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana of Odissi.

The final solo presentation of the evening was by Smt. Meera Das. A senior disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she presented an Ashtapadi, from poet Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda- Sakhi he Keshi Mathana Mudaram, a classic choreography by Guruji, to Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra’s soulful music composition.

The programme concluded with a scintillating musical jugalbandi of flute and violin by Agnimitra Behera and Srinibas Satapathy, two of the most prominent and reputed classical musicians of Odisha. Accompanied by Sri Nanda on the Tabla and Sri Vaibhav on percussion, their soulful rendition coupled with the seamless rhythmic variations, made this an enthralling presentation.