Forum, Kolkata, headed by Arundhati Roy, presented a series of Odissi dance
performances in "Shradhanjali" a tribute to the legendary Guru Kelucharan
Mohapatra at Gyan Manch on 12th August 2007. The program began with
Shiva Vandana Nagendra Haraya well performed by Sanjukta Roy and brilliantly
choreographed with modern thought - new movements by Sutapa Talukdar.
Sanjukta also received the "Parampara Samman" from the forum by its President,
Then the latter part of the program included "Dehatatwa" based on Baul music choreographed by Poushali Mukherjee and performed by her students, Hamsadhwani Pallavi by Kakoli Bose with Guru Kelucharan's choreography and Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra's music. This particular Pallavi is a wonder creation of these two maestros, once created years ago for the veteran dancer Kumkum Mohanty. "Ranga Shruti" by the disciples of Chhanda Manjuri was choreographed by Manjushree Banerjee. Abhinaya based on "Bidyapati" was performed and choreographed by Nandini Ghosal with music by Debashis Sarkar. Much appreciation came from the audience for Manjushree Banerjee and Nandini Ghosal for their good composition and performance respectively. "Mana Badhuri," a well synchronized performance by the disciples of Aloka Kanungo had music by Guru Ramahari Das.
towards the end, the dancers were losing their aesthetics of body language
due to the speed in rhythms. "Tillana" in Odissi dance (an interesting
chapter again like nine matra Pallavi to be conceptualized) was choreographed
by Arundhati Roy and performed by her disciples. Dr. Balamurli Krishna
composed the music. The Tillana attempt was good but did not come out with
the desired standard of performance. It was quite depressing and
strange to watch Rina Jana on stage in a different mood presenting Shankarabharana
Pallavi of Guru Pankaj Charan Das to music by Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra.
Lots of unnecessary jumping, unnatural expression and most important thing
was that the dancer was missing the grace and rounded liquid movements
for which Odissi dance is known.
Odissi dancer/guru Ratikant Mohapatra is the son of late guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and the director of Srjan, Bhubaneshwar.