Ileana Citaristi, the celebrated Odissi dancer and choreographer, explores new themes in Odissi. The latest is ‘Akshara’ that she choreographed for her 12th annual Sangam festival. It was presented on 13th September at Ravindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
By a happy coincidence, during my recent visit to Bhubaneswar, I had an opportunity to watch the rehearsal of this latest choreography. She has been receiving excellent support by the noted poet Devdas Chhotray, former Vice Chancellor of Ravenshaw University. For Ileana, he has scripted ‘Kaal’ (Time) and ‘Karuna’ for her homage to Mother Teresa. Another collaboration is in terms of music. Laxmikant Palit, the renowned musician of Odisha, has set the music appropriate to the theme.
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