A sangam of styles
Sangam showcased an interesting confluence of Odissi and Kathak recitals.
FUSION ART Dance performances at Sangam.
It is always interesting when two styles of classical dance come together on the same stage. Art Vision , Bhubaneswar and Mahagami , Aurangabad joined hands to present Sangam - a confluence of dance at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
The first part of the programme was Odissi dance by Art Vision with choreography and direction by Dr. Ileana Citaristi, noted Odissi and chhau dancer. The Odissi recital began with Shivasthakam in mangala charan. Alisha, Subhulaxmi and Sagarika were the dancers. Music was composed by Ramesh Chandra Das and Guru Banamali Maharana.
After pushpanjali and bhumi pranam, the dancers paid homage to Lord Shiva. The mangala charan ended with a triple salutation. Rashmi, Alisha, Subhalaxmi, Sagarika and Pallavi took the stage next for Pallavi in raga Kalabati set to tripata taal. But the piece de resistance was an abhinaya Ganga-Yamuna danced by Ileana herself in tandem with promising male dancer Saswat Joshi. It was late by the time the programme had its second part, a Kathak dance by Mahagami. The two items presented had choreography and direction by Parwati Dutta, a versatile Kathak and Odissi dancer. The first item was Rangakriti manifesting through dance the images and forms of colours. Dhrupad compositions were by Uday Bhawalkar while thumri compositions were by Madhuri Joshi.
The concluding piece was Laya yatra a piece displaying rhythmic spectacle and technical virtuosity of Kathak.
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