Monday 12 March 2012

Samrachana: Choreography Festival of Dance - Dr. Sunil Kothari

Celebrating Platinum Jubilee of the formation of Swatantra Odisha Pradesh, Odisha Tourism presented Samrachana: Choreography Festival of Dance, organized by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, Dept of Tourism and Culture Govt. of Odisha, Srjan Kelucharan Mohapatra Nrityabasa and GKCM Odissi Research Centre, from 1st till 5th March 2012, showcasing in all ten choreographic works, each day one work based on Odissi technique, followed by choreographic work in other classical technique like Kathak, Kuchipudi,  Contemporary, Manipuri and Bharatanatyam, at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubanswar. A two day seminar in the morning of March 2nd and 5th was also organized to take stock of the development of choreography after witnessing ten choreographic works. A sumptuous fare.

The initiative taken by young Odissi exponent, choreographer, guru and Vice President of Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, Aruna Mohanty, was a runaway success.
Organized for the first time, it brought to Bhubaneswar a cross-section of choreographic works by the seasoned choreographers from the younger generation and also a few senior dancers/choreographers. Indeed it was a feast for the eyes and ears. The idea to expose the Odissi exponents of Odisha and local Odissi gurus and choreographers to the choreographic works of other classical and contemporary techniques was most welcome. With the passage of time, Odissi has come of age and has won worldwide recognition as a major classical dance form, being practiced by an international community of dancers. 

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