Bhubaneswar: Srjan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa presented the Rangapravesha of Wu Kan, from Shanghai, China on Sunday at Utkal Rangamancha Auditorium, GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar.
Wu Kan’s Rangapravesha marked her first step as a soloist in her journey towards a promising future in Odissi. Her efforts in fulfilling her passion and the drive to learn and understand the rich culture and heritage of Odisha, while wishing to achieve a level of proficiency in this art form in a land so different in culture and tradition than hers have been commendable.
Wu Kan commenced her recital with Mangalacharan, the traditional invocatory item in Odissi, paying obeisance to Lord Jagannath and then performed a Vishnu Vandana with the Shloka, ‘Shantakaram Bhujagashayanam’ from the Vishnu Sahasranamam, choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, set to the music composition of Guru Bijay Kumar Jena.
Her second presentation for the evening was Batu, a pure dance or Nritta, with focus on the technical aspects of Odissi. The dance choreography is by the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, set to the music composition of Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra. The evening also featured the presentation of a Pallavi, set to the melodious Raag Arabi, set to Ekatali, choreographed by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra to the music composition of Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra.
She then performed an Odia Abhinaya, ‘To Laagi Gopa Daanda’, a song of Lord Krishna in a playful mood, written by popular and eminent Odia poet, Banamali. It is choreographed by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and set to the music composition of Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra.
She then presented Bhagavati Stotram, portraying the power and grandeur of Goddess Durga, choreographed by Ratikant Mohapatra and set to the music composition of Satyabrata Katha.
The concluding item of her recital was Mokshya, signifying her total surrender to the God.