programs
 

  1. Mangalacharan - Bhaje brajeika mandanam...
    • Surya Stutee...
      Traditionally any Odissi dance program begins with floral tributes and prayer to a deity, seeking his blessings for a successful performance.
      In this particular dance piece the artists pray for the blessings of Surya, the mighty Sun god . The lyrical verse in sanskrit praises the mighty sun god thus -"Oh Son of Muni Kashyap! You rise with a color as red as hibiscus flower. Your rays are bright and powerful that destroy the darkness and banish the evil forces from this world. Oh Dibakar!! We offer our obeisance to you.You are Adideva, the first god for you are the one who provides us with light and energy. You ride atop a chariot drawn by seven magnificent horses and you hold white lotus in your hands. Oh! Surya, the source of life, we salute you.

      The dance item ends with surya namaskar, a tribute to the Sun God.

      Dance choreography: Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music Composition: Guru Bijay Kumar Jena, Guru Binod Bihari Panda
      Rhythm Composition: Guru Bijay Kumar Barik

      Dancers :Yudhisthir Nayak, Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Lingaraj Pradhan, Amulya Kumar Balabantaray, Gauri Shankar Dash

    • Devi
      The programme begins with floral tributes to the Goddess Durga seeking her blessings for a successful performance. The prayer goes, "Sarva Mangala Mangalye......" prostrations to thee, Oh Narayani ! Thou who bestoweth auspiciousness upon all auspicious objects (like the Poornakumbha, the lamp etc.) Thou bestoweth fulfillment in all fields of pursuits of all beings, which is Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokshya. Thou art merciful to those who take refuge in thee, O the three-eyed Goddess ! Prostrations unto thee, O Narayani who art so intent to protect the distressed and impoverished ones who take refuge in thee ! Prostrations to thee O Devi, who art the destroyer of the sorrows of all beings. Prostrations unto thee O Narayani ! Unto thee, the cause for cyclic phenomenon of Creationsustenance, destruction, the eternal one, the repository of the three Gunas (Satwa,Raja and Tamas) and the power that pervades and activates these Gunas.

      Dance choreography : Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music composition : Binod Bihari Panda
      Rhythm composition : Guru Bijaya Kumar Barik
      Dancers : Yudhisthir Nayak, Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Lingaraj Pradhan, Amulya Kumar Balabantray, Gaurishankar Dash

    • Pancha Mahabhuta
  2. Pallavi
    • Chandrika kamodi
      Pallavi is an item of pure dance or Nritta that is normally based on a raga or melody, with movements of lyrical grace that are soft, lilting and melodious. Beautiful dance passages unfolds with rhythmic syllables sung musically in synchrony.This particular pallavi is set to Raga Chandrika Kamodi and Tala Ektaali.

      Choreography : Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music Composition : Guru Ramahari Das
      Rhythm Composition : Guru Dhaneswar Swain

      Dancers : Yudhisthir Nayak, Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Lingaraj Pradhan, Mamata Das, Sanjukta Dutta, Arupa Gayatri Panda.

    • Devagandhari
  3. Abhinaya - Josa bara re... From Champu
    • Aahe nila saila --- An Oriya abhinaya
    • Shreeta Kamala Kucha Mandal --- Sanskrit abhinaya
      This abhinaya is an excerpt from the great poet Jayadeva's epic creation "Geeta Govinda".

      Here the verse praises Lord Vishnu's different incarnations and celebrates the triumph of dharma or righteousness over adharma or evil.

      The poet sings "O Hari! you rest on the bosom of Goddess Lakshmi, wearing bright earrings and garlands of flowers. The sun's dazzling rays encircle you .You are the destroyer of all the evil powers and you reside in the minds of holy men as a swan swims in a lake".

      You've defeated the venomous snake Kaliya as Krishna and have thus delighted your Yadava kinsmen as the sunlight incites lotus buds to bloom. As Rama you won king Janaka's daughter Sita as your spouse. You've conquered the demon Dusana and killed the ten-headed Ravana.

      The poet thus joyously sings this hymn of praise "O Hari! I offer my salutations."

      Dance choreography: Pabitra Kumar Pradhan
      Music composition: Surmani Ramesh Chandra Das
      Rhythm composition: Guru Bijay Kumar Barik
      Dancers : Lingaraj Pradhan, Amulya Kumar Balabantaray, Gauri Shankar Dash, Mamata Das, Sanjukta Dutta, Arupa Gayatri Panda, Moushumi Madhuchhanda Padhi.

    • Samudita madane ramani badane --- Sanskrit abhinaya
      This incept is from Jayadev's Geet Govinda. The poet complies these poems to inspire his wife Padmavati to dance. These poems are based on the eternal love and romance of Lord Krishna with Chandrabali on the banks of Yamuna. Radha, who waits for Krishna, is disappointed and imagines that Krishna must be intimately involved with Chandrabali. Radha's plight increases as she imagines Krishna applying sandalwood paste to Chandrabali's forehead, decorating her long black hair with yellow flowers which looks like lightning in a dark cloudy sky. At last Jayadev says, whoever these Kavya or poems will derive peace in their life.

      Dance choreography : Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music composition : Guru Ramahari Das and Guru Binod Bihari Panda
      Dancers : Sri Krishna : Lingaraj Pradhan
      Jayadev : Amulya Kumar Balabantray
      Radha : Sanjukta Dutta
      Chandrabali : Arupa Gayatri Panda

    • Mahakali stutee -- Sanskrit abhinaya
    • A plot from Bhagbat Geeta -- Sanskrit abhinaya
    • Dance Drama -- Glani Sanghara
  4. Tala Madhurya
    • Nritta or pure dance forms an important part of Odissi repertoire. Tala madhurya is a composition of pure dance. This exquisitely choreographed dance piece is composed of sculpturesque poses, intricate footwork and composite body movements. It is devoid of expressions. Only a rhythmic tala pattern is followed, supported by a melody or raga.
      But the focal point of this pure and abstract dance without thematic content is the "Purush Ang", that imbibes male stylization in to Odissi form .It deviates from the dominance of the feminine form and gives prominence to the male dancers and the masculine form in Odissi.

      Choreography: Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music Composition: Guru Ramahari Das
      Rhythm Composition: Guru Dhaneswar Swain
      Artists :Yudhisthir Nayak, Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Lingaraj Pradhan, Amulya Balabantaray, Gauri Shankar Dash

  5. Sanjog
    • This rhythm-based item draws upon the various percussion instruments found in traditional village life in Orissa. The rhythms created from these instruments such as the Khol, Jhanja, Ghanta have been translatet into Odissi classical Mardala. Sanjog entwines rhythm with lyrical dance patterns enhancing the masculine grace and dexterity of the "Purush Ang" or male form.

      Dance choreography : Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music composition : Jyotindra Prasad Mishra
      Rhythm compositiom : Guru Dhaneswar Swain
      Dancers : Yudhisthir Nayak, Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Lingaraj Pradhan, Amulya Kumar Balabantaray.

  6. Mokshya with Shanti Bani
    • Here through the vocabulary of classical Odissi, the dancers express the truth of life by worshipping the goddess "Devi Mahakali". She is the dark and furious incarnation of Goddess Durga. She is adorned with garlands of human skulls and smeared with ashes from the cremation ground.She holds the sword, the chakra, the gada, trishul, bow and arrow, etc. Her body is of the color of blue lotus and She is Mahakali, the furious goddess.She is Shivaa, the divine consort of Shiva and Narayani, the power of Vishnu. She is Kalaratri, the darkest night.She is the repository of three "gunas" (qualities) pervade with her energy: Satwa, Raja and Tamas. She creates, nurtures and finally destroys. She is the origin and the ultimatum of life.

      Choreography : Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Music Composition : Guru Binod Behari Panda
      Rhythm Composition : Guru Bijay Kumar Barik
      Dancers : Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Amulya Kumar Balabantaray, Mamata Das, Sanjukta Dutta, Arupa Gayatri Panda, Moushumi Madhuchhanda Padhi.
  7. Dance Drama - "Glani Sanghar" (55 minutes)
    • This item is a masterpiece of group choreography depicting the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu: When Sankhasura stole the Veda from Lord Brahma Vishnu assumed the form of fish. During the churning of the ocean by the Devatas and the Ashuras for obtaining nectar Vishnu assumed form of a giant tortoise. When Asuras stole Prithvi Vishnu assumed the form of a wild boar. He reappeared as Narasingha to kill the King Hiranyakashipu. When King Bali became too arrogant Visnu appeared as a dwarf to smash away his pride. When Ravana created havoc Vishnu killed him in Rama avatar. During a crisis period he became Haladhar to till the soil. As Gautama he was disturbed by the suffering of human beings and he became Lord Buddha to preach nonviolence and peace. Finally he assumed the form of Kalki to destroy the evil in the world.

      Choreography : Padmashree Guru Pankaj Charan Das
      Music Composition : Sangeet Sudhakar Late Bala Krishna Dash
      Dance Direction : Guru Bichitrananda Swain
      Dancers : Yudhisthi Nayak, Pabitra Kumar Pradhan, Lingaraj Pradhan, Amulya Kumara Balabantaray, Gauri Shankara Dash, Mamata Das, Sanjukta Dutta, Arupa Gayatri Panda, Maushumi Madhuchhanda Padhi.
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