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Song `n' dance

Folk dances, skits and `geeth' marked the variety show organised by Utkal Sanskritika Samaj.



ODISSI ODE A performance by Utkal Sanskritika Samaj. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Utkal Sanskritika Samaj, one of the earliest socio-cultural bodies in Visakhapatnam, organised a gala variety show, dance, drama and music by its members and their children last Saturday in Kalabharathi.

The cultural show started on a splendid note with the evocative rendering of a patriotic song Jayodebi Janmabhoomi in chorus by Rasmitha, Manjulatha, Aarathi, Smitha, Rama, Rani, Nibedita and Sima. It was conducted by B.K. Das. Folk dances - Boulo ki kohibi by sprightly looking Preetha, Ananya and Anukruthi - directed by Pranathi Misra, Galamali mor sunamali (Sripriya and Baskey), Kaunne punei janha (Susmitha, Rajasri, Fyareksy, Neeraja, Manojini and Kiran), Ajikali Sabu Jhia (Mahesh, Jyotirmaya and Kancheya) in the modern idiom, all directed by Aarathi, Haldar, Holi dance by Aakankshya, Poorvi, Preetha and Sulagna and a skit Classroom by Siddhanth, Sourabh, Vikash, Aprit and Arpitha, directed by Seema Misra, delighted all alike.

Interspersed in between were Geeth captivatingly rendered individually by Aarathi Haldar, Manjulatha Das and Rasmitha Biswal in particular. The Naba Durga dance presented by Aakankshya, Poorbi and Sulagna, all disciples of the Odissi virtuoso Pranathi Misra, was the most captivating.

The one-act Oriya play Prahlad Ra Pralap staged next provided the grand finale. Scripted and directed ably by R.P. Sahu for the Samaj, it was a parody of sorts not only of the attitude of the parents and their children but also of the present day education system. The playwright, thoughtfully comparing it with mythological story of Hiranya Kasipu and his son Prahlada, seeks to highlight the need for a total re-orientation of the entire mind set of the teachers and the taught including the parents. The cast comprised S.C. Panigrahi, Bijay Mohapatra, Amulya Sahu, Santosh Naik, Lingaraj Prusty, P.C. Haldar, R.R. Chand, Prakash Naik, Srinivas, Prasant Mohanthi, Ajit Pradan, P.K. Biswal, Simhachal Parida, R.K. Misra, Matun, Manu and Siddharth.

Behind the show's well-planned execution were Samaj general secretary, S.K. Panigrahi and cultural secretary, R.P. Sahu, the show was inaugurated by guests of honour, Development Commissioner, SEZ, VSKP, M.V. Subba Reddy and Commissioner of Central Excise, Ram Prakash. While the president of the Samaj, Commissioner of Customs S.C. Choudary presented the welcome address, vice-president P.C. Naik introduced the guests of honour.

A.R.S.

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