| Shayomita Dasgupta from Calcutta performs Durga Stutee at the Odissi International dance fest in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati |
Bhubaneswar, Dec. 21: The third day of the Odissi International dance festival was mostly dedicated to abhinayas but various other elements of Odissi were also presented by the performers.
Soumya Biswajit’s devotional Mangalacharana, ‘Nabagraha’ was the first performance on Monday at the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.
Swati Shradhanjali, Angira Chakraborty-Dasgupta, Sanjay Behera and others presented abhinayas. Aditi Mitra from Mumbai performed a beautiful episode from Lord Krishna’s romantic escapades.
Dancers from outside the country regaled the audience during the second session of the day. Neha Nayak from USA and Chloe Romero from France showed impressive movements.
Taissia Shpulnikova from Russia performed a devotional abhinaya on Aahe Neela Saila dedicated to Lord Jagannath.
“The depth of feelings and expressions of Odissi pulled me towards the dance form and today performing it right here in the capital of the land of Odissi feels unbelievable,” said Taissia.
Khavita Kaur from London rendered a Kalabati Pallavi followed by an abhinaya on Kadambe Bane Bansi Bajilare.
Senior dancers performed towards the end of the day. Danseuse Gayatri Chand did an abhinaya on Barsha biraha bidhura.
Pranati Mohanty did a piece on Tolagi Gopanandana and Sujata Mishra’s performed on Maya.
Danseuse Itishree Dwibedy presented a rendition on Dhira Samire, Yamuna Tire. Guru Gajendra Panda too gave a dynamic performance that received appreciation of the viewers.
“The best part of the event for me is the common platform given to dancers of all generations. It was wonderful to see experienced dancers perform at the same event as bright newcomers,” said Abhinav Sarangi, a viewer.
Poushali Mukherjee from Calcutta and the artistes from Chhandak Kala Academy, Indore also performed on the third day.