Homage to a guru
Tridhara commemorated the death anniversary of their founder with a melange of dance forms.
GRACEFUL MOVES Tridhara's dance performance
A premier dance institute of the state, Tridhara paid homage to the late Odissi guru, Debaprasad Das by presenting `Interfacing' - a journey through primitive, folk and classical dance forms on his 19th death anniversary of the late guru. Guru Debaprasad Das has made tremendous contribution to Odissi dance. From the late 1950s to the early 1960s he had travelled widely all over the world along with his star disciple, Indrani Rehman and thus brought global recognition for Odissi dance which was still in its infancy then.
As a guru he had choreographed a number of pallavis and abhinayas in his distinctive style and had shaped many a student before he was cut in his prime in 1986.
Interfacing was based on a concept by Debaprasad who was the founder of Tridhara. The dance recital used dance forms like Adivasi, Bejuni, Mangala ghanta, Kalasi nata, Kalika prabha, Danda chadheia, Prahlad nataka, Devadasi dance, Siva nrutya, Gopika Nrutya and Sthaee. The recital ended with a paean to goddess Durga, Durga suttee a group dance performance. Guru Gajendra Panda had choreographed and directed the recital that had music conducted by Laxmikanta Palit.
The dancers who essayed the various forms were Rupasri in Dasi, Banita, Sandhyarani, Shikha, Sanjukta and Tanushree as Savari, Swayamprava in Gopika nrutya, Pradip as Chadheia, Gayatri and Jayant in Sthayee and Suchismita, Aruna, Krishna and Sukalyani in the concluding item Durga stutee. Guru Gajendra Panda performed the Siva nrutya.
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