by Soumee De Girotra
February 17, 2010
Soumee performed for the World Dance Alliance Karnataka Chapter at Bangalore, on January 9, 2010. Her performance opened with Mangalacharan, an invocatory piece where Soumee offered flowers or pushpanjali and performed bhumipranam, which is salutation to Mother Earth. This was followed by Vandana in praise and worship of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God, the son of Uma and Shiva. The piece ended with trikhandi pranam (three part salutation) in which Soumee offered her salutation to gods, gurus and the audience.
Soumee presented Saveri Pallavi. The word "pallavi" means to elaborate. It is applicable to both music and dance. This is an item of pure dance based on Raga Saveri. The visual representation of this raga celebrates spring and sringara rasa enriched by intricate rhythmic movements. Pallavi can be seen as a step by step unfolding of petals into a beautiful flower. The taal pattern changes from 4 to 7 beats, then to 6. This pattern is known as taal Pheranta in Oriya. Choreography was by Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra.
presented an abhinaya item, the expressive and interpretive dance, a pure
demonstration of an emotion contained in a song. In Odissi dance, all parts
of the body move in different permutations and combinations to evoke an
expression. Soumee's presentation was for the song Lalita Lavanga from
the Gita Govinda of saint poet Jayadeva, that celebrates the love
between Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha, in sringara rasa. The choreography
is by Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. Soumee concluded her recital with
the composition of 'Dashavatara.'