Gajendra Panda and Tridhara present
Odissi in Debaprasad Das style
June 5 - 20, 2015 Malaysia

June 3, 2015

ARPAN is an emotive offering of the essence of Guru Debaprasad Das’s work in dance.
Performances by Guru Gajendra Panda and repertory under the aegis of Sri Siridi Sai Baba Centre, Malaysia, by the direct supervision of Sri SP Kannan, the Chairman. Recitals are dedicated to Guruji, on his 80th birth anniversary.  

June 5: Taman Klang Jaya, Klang
June 6: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Kuala Lumpur
June 7: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Ipoh  
June 8: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Sermeban
June 10: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Brickfields
June 11: Kriya Babji Ashram, Klang
June 12: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Lebuh Ampang
June 13: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Penang Island, Penang
June 15: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Butterworth Penang
June 16: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Kulim
June 17: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Sungai Petani
June 19: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Johar Bahru
June 20: Shiridi Sai Baba Centre, Melaka

The Odissi Dance Group
Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda, Prabhutosh Panda, Gangarapu Nageswari, Dipika Priyadarshini, Arya Nande, Sandhyarani Pradhan, Binita Nande (Team manager)

Dance items
1.    Gananayak (Ragamalika, Talamalika)
It is an invocatory dance dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It revolves around the story of the birth of Lord Ganesha with the beautiful use of Sabda Swara Pata.

2.    Rageshree Sthayi (Raga: Rageshree, Tala: Ekatali)
Sthai is a pure dance woven around another garland of musical syllables, (takitadha or tham thei etc.) which in themselves have no meeting. However, the dance usually possesses a subtle thematic image related to sculptural poses found in the Silpa Sastra (Treatise on Temple architecture). Thus the correct execution of various motifs of indolent maidens (alasya kanyas) and maidens playing musical instruments are instructed.

3.    Pallavi (Saberi) (Ragamalika, Talamalika)
Pallavi is an elaboration on a melodic-rhythmic theme (tajhum tarita jhenu). Though mainly a pure dance exposition whereby Odissi sculpturesque poses are fully exploited, Pallavi may contain a short verse describing the mood of the Raga – as in saberi as the Huntress, who dwells in the forests where peacocks strut, and who has snakes as her ornaments

4.    Dalkhai
The immensely popular folk dance of Sambalpur (western Odisha), Dalkhai is usually performed during Dusshera time and is dedicated to Goddess Dalkhai. Young grls dance to accompaniment of interesting rhythm patterns on Dhola and to the beautiful music of Turi.

5.    Rangabati
This is another popular folk dance of Sambalpur. This is performed during festivals to express their happiness in which young boys and girls dance to the tune of the music, “Rangabati re Rangabati.”

Tridhara, Guru Parampara and Guru Gajendra Panda
Tridhara is a pioneering institution which treasurers and upholds the unique style of Late Guru Debaprasad Das (founder father of Odissi dance and also Tridhara). The unique flavor of this gharana stems from the genius of Debaprasad Das, who amalgamated a variety of tribal and folk dance elements with the traditional Odissi.

Tridhara, inspired by him, is now in the care of Guru Gajendra Panda, who had already received hands-on training in “Sakhi Nata” of the southern district of Ganjam, Orissa) from Guru Raghunatha Purohita and was a “Akhada Pilla” under Guru Bhubaneswar Mishra, as well as Opera & Theatre with Guru Prabhakar Shreechandan. Today at age 47, “Gaji” is the torch-bearer of this fine, sensitive and eclectic gharana – Tridhara.

Gajendra’s composition style is refreshingly unique for a variety of reasons, but foremost among them is his masterful use of the “Sabda Swara Paata” which he absorbed, painstakingly and meticulously, from his Guru Debaprasad Das. In all that Gajendra composes, there is to be seen a free flow of the three streams of Orissa’s dance art - tribal, folk and traditional village Odissi – and its brilliant embellishment in stylish execution of rhythm, movement and beautiful static poses.

As an immense store house of Guru Debaprasad Das’s works and the foremost torch-bearer of his guru’s style of Odissi, Gajendra Panda has been regularly holding workshops on numerous aspects of the dance.