- A timely initiative
November 24, 2006
The team comprised Mom Ganguly (Mohiniattam), Rina Jana (Odissi), Madhuri Mazumdar (Kuchipudi), Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri), Lalita Ghosh (Sattriya) and Hiromitsu Meghumi (Kathak). The six dancers had solo performances during the occasion, a trend that was appreciated by all in view of the marginalisation of solo shows these days against the organisers' preference for group presentations. The event mounted at the Gyan Manch was aptly named as festival of the Spirit of India dance.
Madhuri, who opened the show, emerged as the most impressive performer of the evening. Gifted with natural grace and beauty, this lone Kuchipudi artiste of the city performed ashtapadis from Jayadev’s Geeta Govinda that stood apart for its spontaneity. Her portrayal of the love-lorn Radha was remarkable.
Mohiniattam danseuse Mom is better known as a senior disciple of the well-known guru Bharati Shivaji while quite a few would be aware that this humility personified artiste happens to be the sister-in-law of star cricketer Sourav Ganguly and Odissi dancer Dona. (wife of Snehasish Ganguly, elder brother of Sourav). Mom successfully presented Pandattam (the game of ball) as a soloist, a typical piece of Mohiniattam repertoire, although it was composed for group presentations. The episode describes how a group of girls playing a ball with their hands gradually realize that like the ball rises and kisses the sky and again touches the ground, life is full of ups and downs.
Sattriya dancer Lalita Ghosh's performance commenced with Krishnavandana. However, the highlight of her show was the typical Chali Nritya that is traditionally performed to commemorate the death anniversaries of sattradhiukaris (religious heads).
Odissi dancer Rina Jana's Hamsadhwani pallabi (pure dance set to raga Hamsadhwani) stood out for its purity and perfection. Accompanied by soul-stirring music, Rina, a disciple of late guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, demonstrated that she has been a faithful follower of her guru's gharana.
will host three annual events for promotion of dance and dancers, announced
the organizers. While Nrittananda will be its annual interactive
national dance festival and seminar, Call of the Legends will be
an international festival of dance and music by inviting the pioneers of
the respective fields. Besides, the trust will also organize Prana,
an annual state level competition of budding dancers to discover hidden
journalist with the Indian Express group, Shyamhari Chakra is a New Delhi
based freelancer writing on dance and culture. He is building up an archive
on Odissi dance in Bhubaneswar.