Tech city's date with Odissi

Concert wins hearts of Bangalore audience

By Namita Panda in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 24.04.15
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A recital by Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance in Bangalore. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar, April 23: Audience in Bangalore enjoyed an Odissi concert, dedicated to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

Organised by the Sanjali Centre for Odissi dance in Bangalore, the dance festival, hosted earlier this week, was titled Pravaha 2015 saw performances by veteran as well as young dancers.

Striking choreographies as a tribute to the late guru were staged in both solo and group performances. Senior danseuse Aruna Mohanty's solo recital Bhumisuta portrayed the story of Sita, not as a goddess but an ordinary woman. The artiste replicated Sita's struggles and sufferings.

Madhusmita Mohanty, from Bhubaneswar-based Odisha Dance Academy, headed by Aruna, performed Ragesri Pallavi with great finesse.

Artistes of the host institute, Sanjali, showcased their latest choreographies titled Yaman Pallavi and Ganga, composed by Sharmila Mukherjee.

The late guru's son Ratikant Mohapatra attended the concert. "I was in sheer joy watching a splendid recital by the dancers of Sanjali. Besides being a sincere and dedicated Odissi dancer, Sharmila's new avatar as a choreographer is great news.

It is heartening to see her journey since 1984. With the passage of time, Sharmila has become Guru Sharmila Mukherjee. Through Pravaha I could pay my salutation to my father and guru in the 11th year of his passing away," Ratikant said.