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In the service of dance

The institution aims at preserving the tradition of Odissi.



GRAND OPENING The dance ballet that opened Hallisaka

The word Hallisaka has a terpsichorean connotation. No wonder an institution named the Hallisaka is aiming at preserving and proliferating traditional Odissi dance and music. Headed by the Odissi dancer, Madhubrata Satpathy the institution had its opening with a riveting Odissi dance recital having for its theme Women in Various Emotional Forms. Satpathy led the group of dancers as they began with a mangalacharan. Then she teamed up with a male dancer to portray the navarasas. Although the coordination between the two dancers could not be faulted one felt that apart from shrinagar, beera and perhaps karunya other rasas were not properly delineated.

Proper episodes chosen from the myths and epics could have made the recital more gripping and elaborate. However it was a refreshing visual treat to see young dancers of the institution presenting sthayi dance that has become a rarity nowadays in modern Odissi recitals.

The dancers striking sculpturesque poses and moving in unison were a delight to behold. Later Madhubrata came up with a mimetic piece too. She looked a bit out of touch and it was obvious that she has to get into shape if she is to excel as a dancer.Eminent Odissi guru Durga Charan Ranbir was felicitated on the occasion.

B.M.

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