sculptures came alive in Madhulita Mohapatra
October 13, 2009
harrowing traffic of the city, I managed to reach the venue in time. The
occasion was the sixth edition of Nrithya Dhare, a Festival of Dance organised
by the Bangalore based organisation Ananya to showcase upcoming dancers.
Then came the
dance I was waiting for, Konark Kantee, the splendid creation of Guru Gangadhar
Pradhan. I was wondering how a solo rendition would be, since what I have
witnessed already at Konark Festival was too magnificent. Beginning with
beautiful poses as the stone sculptures at the Sun Temple in Konark - the
Veena, the Venu, the Mardala, the Salamanjika, the Alasa, and the Darpana
- with small use of the effects of stage lights, Madhulita started the
tale of the sculptures waking up to the caressing of the moonlight. What
followed with her dancing then was spellbinding. With the passing of the
night, the sculptures begin dancing to the intoxicating music, creating
the exquisite artistry of the temple as Konark smiles and celebrates in
the glory of the moment. On resounding beats of the pakhawaj, the great
energy, the beautiful poses, the graceful postures, the perfect footwork,
the flawless movements on the fast and rapidly changing rhythm and beats,
the tempo, the delight and the beauty with which she danced, captivated
one and all in the auditorium. It reminded me of what the famous poet Rabindranath
Tagore wrote of Konark, "Here the language of stone surpasses the language
of man." Madhulita's Konark Kantee was a treat to watch and experience!
I came to know
of the organisation Ananya and its efforts to promote art and the artists.
I congratulate them for organising such events with my best wishes for
their future endeavours.
Rashmita Jena is an Odissi dancer, TV Anchor and actor from Bhubaneswar. She has performed at many popular dance festivals in India.