Odissi recital by Soumee De Girotra
- AV Sathyanarayana, Bangalore
e-mail: dancetherapyindia@gmail.com

February 17, 2010 

Soumee De Girotra has studied various forms of Indian classical dance like Odissi, Kathak and Bharatanatyam. A banker by profession and a dancer by passion, Soumee has pursued her keen interest in learning Odissi. She has performed and been awarded in various dance festivals in India and Singapore. Soumee is currently training in Odissi under distinguished dancer-choreographer Raka Maitra. 

Soumee performed for the World Dance Alliance Karnataka Chapter at Bangalore, on  January  9, 2010. Her performance opened with Mangalacharan, an invocatory piece where Soumee offered flowers or pushpanjali and performed bhumipranam, which is salutation to Mother Earth. This was followed by Vandana in praise and worship of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God, the son of Uma and Shiva. The piece ended with trikhandi pranam (three part salutation) in which Soumee offered her salutation to gods, gurus and the audience. 

Soumee presented Saveri Pallavi. The word "pallavi" means to elaborate. It is applicable to both music and dance. This is an item of pure dance based on Raga Saveri. The visual representation of this raga celebrates spring and sringara rasa enriched by intricate rhythmic movements. Pallavi can be seen as a step by step unfolding of petals into a beautiful flower. The taal pattern changes from 4 to 7 beats, then to 6. This pattern is known as taal Pheranta in Oriya. Choreography was by Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. 

Soumee then presented an abhinaya item, the expressive and interpretive dance, a pure demonstration of an emotion contained in a song. In Odissi dance, all parts of the body move in different permutations and combinations to evoke an expression. Soumee's presentation was for the song Lalita Lavanga from the Gita Govinda of saint poet  Jayadeva, that celebrates the love between Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha, in sringara rasa. The choreography is by Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. Soumee  concluded her recital with the composition of  'Dashavatara.'
Dr. AV Sathyanarayana is the Director of Shristi Center of Performing Arts and institute of dance therapy based in Bangalore.