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Self-trained Krishna create magic at fest

Berhampur, Jan. 14: The artistes of the Maa Adishakti Dance Group from Gurunthi who performed the various avatars (incarnations) of Lord Sri Krishna won many hearts at the Mahanagar Mahotsav here last evening.

Most of the artistes from Gurunthi, 7 km from here, are daily labourers and have no formal teacher to guide them. “Four of us at first invent the steps and rectify it in due course. Then we teach the other members and they just imitate us. We have had no formal training on dancing, but manage to invent a step and teach it to others,” said Nilanchal Das, Siba Ranjan Das, Govinda Das and Tukuna, who form the core group.

Fourteen artists of the Maa Adishakti Dance Group are between 14 and 30 years.

“The group is performing such dance on stage since last two years. We have staged at 10 different places in Ganjam district and the last performance was during the recently held Ganjam Mahotsav. We are eagerly awaiting to perform a dance programme at Bhubaneswar on January 22 and January 23. This would be our first stage show outside Ganjam,” Nilanchal Das said.

Most of the artistes of the Maa Adishakti Dance Group are uneducated and school dropouts. They break stone metals throughout the day for their livelihood and learn dance in the evening.

Balaram, Sanjay, Sushant and Loknath who performed dance on the stage of the Mahanagar Mahotsav said that they are very satisfied with their performance. “We would be more happy if we get chance to perform on a bigger platform,” they said.

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