Bhubaneswar ,12/6 ( Odisha Samachar Bureau ) – The second evening of the contemporary dance festival featured “Sita” from Ramayana, refusing to return to safety on Hanuman’s shoulders. This choreography expands on the single dance phrase of Sita’s reply to the Monkey King. The gestures, movements and abstractions further reinforce the determination of the princess in remaining steadfast to her decision. This was followed by “Avani” inspired by the epic poem of Rabindranath Tagore. This contemporary dance is a response to his call to the earth as prithvi, mother, protector and destroyer. She is both gentle and fierce-like Durga-capable of caring and devouring. Tagore’s vision of man’s greed and appetite for destruction brought about this poem that was written between the two world wars in the 20th century. Both the dances were composed and played by eminent danseuse & choreographer Smt. Anita Ratnam from Chennai.
The Second presentation of the evening was by Astad Deboo and group from Mumbai. In his first item “Surrender”, he depicted the divine light that shines forth on dark night of sorrow; the death alone brings near abode of sweetness; the anguish burns like a flame in the heart of the sacred lamp. Second item was “Your Grace” weaving a chain of pearls for the neck with tears of sorrow. But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own. And when I bring it to thee as my offering thou rewardest me with thy grace. In the “Walking Tall” Astad has taken the concept of Rabindranath Tagore, man should move alone if nobody listens to his call. The concluding item “Awakening” is depicted through music that ignites the vision with the language of radiance. The lines of visible forms are washed away in a flood of nector.
Earlier in the morning noted dancer-cum-choreograher (Modern Dance) Smt. Uttara Asha Coorlawala delivered a talk on the contemporary dance its history, evolution in the context of India in the Conference Hall of Odisha State Museum, Bhubaneswar before a gathering of scholars, dancers, art critics, etc.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Principal Secrertary, Tourism & Culture, Shri Sushil Kumar Das, Director, Culture, Guru Ramhari Das, Chief Executive, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre, Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Vice President, OSNA and Shri Chitta Ranjan Mallia, Secretary, OSNA. The programme was conducted by En. Srinivas Ghatuari and Sanghati Pani.