Tribute to a maestro
Goswami's impact on Oriya culture was hailed on his birth anniversary.
Mohan Sundar Dev Goswami born on 8 August 1892 impacted the then cultural scenario of Orissa in more ways than one. He had the distinction of making the maiden Oriya talkie Sita Bibaha. Besides his Rasa troupe that toured all over the state and even outside had endemic in it the essentials of Odissi culture. His was a unique mix of culture and spiritualism.
The Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi arranged an evening of music, dance and rasa as a tribute to the memory of Mohan Sundar Dev on his birth anniversary. The function inaugurated by Laxmipriya Mohapatra, wife of the late guru Kelucharan Mohapatra opened with a song of Goswami's. Then Sujata Mohapatra, Odissi dancer of repute and guru Kelucharan's daughter-in-law took the stage. After Shantakara bhujagasayana in Mangalacharana she sent the audience into raptures with her abhinaya, Krishna balyaleela. The various episodes from the childhood of lord Krishna like the killing of demoness Putana to the kaliya dalana were expertly conveyed by Sujata. Transition of mood and characters as she essayed the child Krishna, Yashoda and even monsters was well established and marked her out as a performer of intensity and sensitivity.
The function concluded with the staging of the rasa, Manabhanjana by Mohan Sundar Dev Goswami Smrutisansada artistes.
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