their way past 'limitations'
At the 3rd International Odissi Festival that took place in Bhubaneswar from December 26 – 30, 2006, Nityananda Das again proved to the dance world that Chandran was not a one-off case of determination, dedication and devotion. This young Odissi dancer may have lost his right leg in an accident, but that has not deterred him from delivering stellar performances on stage. He wears an artificial leg for routine activities but prefers to use only his remaining leg while dancing.
Given the hurdles he has surmounted to reach this stage, his exposition of the form is quite commendable. There are so many of us who find it difficult to balance on one leg even for a short while. Das does seat himself on a stool during portions of his performance but also spends large chunks of time standing and moving around on the stage. The void created by the absence of one leg is filled by an invisible support system that stands strong on resolve and grit.
The way she learnt the dance form became an exercise in improvisation and innovation. Though it was sometimes frustrating for her to understand sounds in arduous ways, her teacher's encouragement, love and support helped ensure that she never gave up her struggle. Today her handicap is not really a handicap anymore and never stands out as a disadvantage in the profession she has chosen.
It is really
heartening to see how Odissi has been gladly adopted and mastered even
by so-called 'physically-challenged' people who make up for the loss of
a limb or sensory organ with firm objectives and the courage to pass through
fire to achieve those objectives.
Dave learns Odissi, Hindustani classical music and the flute.