Arty annual fest
Dance, drama and music mark Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj's annual fest
Photo: C. V. Subrahmanayam
THE MEMBERS of the local Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj organised its annual day last Saturday at Kalabharathi. A variety of dance, drama and music programmes was inaugurated by Municipal Commissioner, N. Srikanth, on the occasion.
The cultural programme got off to an evocative start with the rendering of the patriotic song `Bande Utkala Janani' in unison by Manjulatha, Aarthi, Rasmitha, Seema, Ramarani, Sushma, Jyothi, Shefali, Jostna and Indira while B. K. Das conducted the orchestra. Next came the `Dasavatara' dance by Harshitha, Purabhi, Adithi, Sulagna, Aakanksha, Preetha, Chandini, Chinmayi and Tanima under the expert direction of guru Pranathi Misra, who expertly revealed the splendour not only of each avatar but also that of Odissi, the pride of Orissa.
Two skits titled `Glimpses of India' enacted by Siddhanth, Neha, Vikas and Jogi, directed by Seema Misra, and `Indian Idol' by Chandini, Jyotirmaya, Soumya and Supriya, under the direction of Jyothi Dandasena, were hilarious comedies.
`Dahi Anichilo - Mitha Dahi', a dance by Manisha, Apoorva and Babitha, directed by S. Behara, reflected the veritable folk traditions of the State. Notwithstanding the aping of alien styles, the present-day cine trends in particular, five dances choreographed and directed by Aarthi Haldar evoked overwhelming response.
And this was because of the way sprightly youngsters Lucy, Priya, Kunthi, Shabnam, Shilpa, Rika, Nikhil, Subham, Subhrat, Lipu, Bablu, Sunil, Nitesh, Raja, Navajyoth, Aparna, Priyanka, Sanu, Jeetha, Babi, Banny, Jyotirmaya, Soumya, Supriya, Mahesh, Kanheya, Pritam and Lalitendu, distributed into groups, displayed their flair sans any inhibitions.
The play `Abhiyukta Ishwar', scripted and directed by Rajendra Sahu, focussed on how ignorantly the existence of the Omnipotent is questioned, especially when even the minimum wants of the most honest and pious remain unfulfilled. Replete with wanton melodrama simulating the episodes, like the appearance of Lord Krishna in his chariot, propounding the Gita and so on, it left an impression of being over-stretched. Compering by Seema Mishra was a special attraction.
Vice-president of the Samaj, P. C. Naik, proposed a vote of thanks.
A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
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