Report by; Odishabarta, Bureau
BHUBANESWAR: The three-day long Gotipua dance festival came to an end with an exciting evening, which transformed the Gotipua idioms to a high level of spiritual and aesthetic experience to be cherished by each one who had the opportunity to witness this memorable festival. The concluding evening featured the scintillating performances by three Gotipua groups namely, Natyambar from Dimirisena, Brahmagiri; Orissa Dance Akademi, Gotipua Gurukul, Dhauli and Laxmipriya Gotipua Nrutyakendra, Balipatna. The last item of the evening, which added the flavor to the taste was the Jaga Akhada Sangeet, a typical group singing nurtured in the gymnasiums at different streets of Puri.
The first programme starts with “Guruvandana”- an invocatory piece in praise of the Guru by the artists of Natyambar, followed by “Badya Pallavi” and “Swara Pallavi”, pure dance items normally performed by the Gotipuas. In abhinnaya , the dancers performed on the song “Aaja Mu Dekhili Ghanshyamaku” followed by the acrobatic skills called “Bandha Nrutya”. The small boys of Dimirisena, a place where this Gotipua act was being nurtured over the years, presented the typical nuances of Gotipua dance much to the joy and ecstasy of the audience.
In the second phase, the Gotipua artists of Orissa Dance Akademi Gotipua Gurukula, Dhauli began their programme with “Sa Re Ga Ma Pallavi”, followed by three abhinnayas on songs “Dekha Go Radha Madhaba Chali”, “Bitilata Jamini” and “Sukumari Ange Kalasa”. The spellbinding abhinaya by the Gotipua Duos on the song Bitilata Jamini was indeed amazing which mesmerized the audience who were deeply engrossed for a while. The last item in the repertoire was “Bandha Nrutya”, which was elegantly executed with ease and precision.
The programme of the last group, Laxmipriya Gotipua Nrutyakendra, commenced with “Panchadeva Stuti”, followed by Pallavi and then two abhinnayas “Na Tejibi Muralidhara” and “Janaka Maharishi Hasina Kahanti”. They ended their programme with Bandha dance, displaying some beautiful formations.
The three-day festival vibrated with colour, rhythm and grandeur, regaled the audience who responded overwhelmingly to this beautifully designed and orchestrated performance with a befitting ambience of Pattachitra at the backdrop. The scintillating abhinnayas, mostly related to Krishna Leela, with pure dance movements kept the visitors spellbound for three days leaving an indelible imprint in their minds to wait for another one year.
The Gurus and the masters, who through their sustained efforts produced such talents, are master Siddheswar Muduli, master Basant Moharana, Guru Birabara Sahoo, Guru Jayakrushna Nayak, Guru Chintamani Rout, master Banamber Swain, master Bijay Kumar Sahoo, Guru Satyapira Palai, master Goutam Mohapatra, master Chitrasena Swain, master Laxmidhar Swain, master Prabhat Swain and Guru Lingaraj Barik.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Prof. Amiya Pattnaik, Vice Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture; Dr. Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, Eminent Odissi Dance Exponent and Former Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University; Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Shri Sushil Kumar Das, Director, Culture; Smt. Arati Mishra, Eminent Singer, Shri Batakrushna Tripathy, Former IG Police; Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, Director, Srjan and Prof. Ramahari Das, Chief Executive Odissi Research Centre. The programme was compered by Dr. Mrutunjay Rath, Dr. Mitali Chinara and Mamata Panigrahi.