Gita Govinda: A dancing tribute to Gurus
Guru - Shishya parampara in Indian classical dances professes, promotes and carries forward the intricate techniques of communication and richness of expression as practiced since centuries.
was inaugurated on December 13, 2008 by Mr. D Singh from Sweden. The festival
focused on Jayadeva's Gita Govinda. Deepti Omchery Bhalla's expertise of
mukhaabhinaya did full justice to the ashtapadi "Sakhi tava virahe vanamali..."
Her expressions in describing the plight of Krishna were powerfully depicted.
She brought to the audience the style of her Mohiniattam guru Kalyani Kuttyamma.
Gajendra Panda gave an outstanding performance of 'Dashavatar' with a spectacular group choreography. What was commendable was that Gajendra Panda adhered to the Tala and Raga as prescribed in the Gita Govinda by Jayadeva. Santnu Chakraborty used the medium of Bharatanatyam to depict Krishna's leelas as portrayed in "Haririhe mugdha vadhuni..." choreographed by his guru V Krishnamoorthy.
Madhumita Raut, carrying forward the style of her father Guru Mayadhar Raut brought out intensely, the Vassakasajja Nayika of Jayadeva's Radha in "Pashyati Dishi Dishi..." a masterpiece composition of Guru Mayadhar Raut. The two day festival concluded with an electrifying Kathak recital by Rajendra Gangani, son and disciple of late guru Kundanlal Gangani. His rendering of "Nindati chandan..." was subtle, simple yet highly captivating, a rarity in Kathak nowadays.
On both the
days, documentaries were shown about guru Mayadhar Raut's contribution
to Odissi abhinaya as well as depiction of navarasas. A master of Natya
Shastra and Abhinaya Darpana, Raut has done yeoman service to enrich the
Abhinaya vocabulary of Odissi dance.