Bhubaneswar,13/6 ( Odisha Samachar Bureau ) – The 3rd and the concluding evening of Samakala, the Contemporary Dance Festival featured some brilliant performances by the artistes of Sutra Dance Group choreographed and directed by Ramli Ibrahim noted dancer from Malaysia and eminent dancer and choreographer Navetej Johar from New Delhi.
The evening’s first programme was “Dravya Kaya” by Navetej Johar. The artiste’s duo attempted to imagine the visceral exchange between objects and their human users explored through the tenacity of Rama’s kodanda bow the dynamics of bow making as well as the bow-ness of the archer’s body; the sensuality of Valakala vastra worn by Sita when banished into the forest; the relationship between inside/outside as well as between earth and food through the episode of Lakshmana Rekha which finally focused on the present status of Rama.
The second programme of the concluding evening was by Ramli Ibrahim and group from Malaysia. Their first item “Kamal” explores the concept of devotion and piety inspired by eastern and western mythic images related to the mother Goddess the Madonna and Shakti followed by “One Afternoon of a Faun” inspired by Nijinsky’s history making work, first created more than 100 years ago, this work is choreographed to Debussy’s well-known score. Next item was “River Sutra”, the clusters of five contemporary works inspired by Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Modern Dance followed by “Ganesa” homage to the elephant headed God, remover of obstacles. Next was “Pibare Ramarasam” hero of the Ramayana followed by “Sthai-Vasanta” pure dance based on Odissi dance form, alluding to the joyous celebration of the spring-time play of Krishna. Next item was “Krishna ne begane baro” depicting the mother-love of Yasoda for her beloved but mischievous child, Krishna and the last item was “Thillana” based on dance compositions of Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman.
The 3-day festival, first ever organised by the OSNA under the auspices of the Department of Tourism & Culture witnessed overwhelming response from the art-conoisseures of the city.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Smt. Gargi Kaul, Principal Accountant General; Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Principal Secrertary, Tourism & Culture, Shri Sushil Kumar Das, Director, Culture; Dr. Sunil Kothari, Eminent Dance Critic; Dr. Leela Venkatraman, Noted Dance Critic, Uttara Asha Coorlawala, Dance-cum-Choreographer (Modern Dance), New York; Shri Vijay Sahi, Dance Critic; Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Vice President, OSNA and Shri Chitta Ranjan Mallia, Secretary, OSNA. The programme was conducted by Srinivas Ghatuari and Sanghati Pani.