Antardrishti festival, celebrating 91st birt anniverssary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
New Delhi: Srjan organising Antardrishti festival, celebrating 91st birth anniversary of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Antardrishti festival will be held at Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 9th and 10th January 2017.
To embark on new pathways of innovation. In our search for fulfilment in dance and its musical accompaniment, we at Srjan usually look for opportunities to bring in something new something unexpected, a touch of novelty which would add measurably to the beauty inherent in Odissi dance. To acquaint the audience with new choreography and compositions in a bid to keep the fragile dance system not only alive, but also to help it gain an ever-growing presence in the cultural life of India. And along these lines we give to you a bouquet of neo-classical compositions which have a diversity of moods, each one stamped with an authentic Odissi identity.
The traditional thinking of classical Odissi is that it is only a slow and languorous dance. While the Lasya element is a hallmark of Odissi, the Tandava element is also an important facet. Nothing prevents an imaginative choreography to possess a balanced equation between the Lasya and Tadava element. And this is precisely our attempt. The intention would be to enliven and energise a dance audience to new levels of receptivity. It is always possible, in a composition, to introduce passages of greater speed and vitality without disturbing the theme or mood. Thus a little frisson of excitement is sure to relieve any tedium that an audience might feel with long, slow and repetitive sequences.
In terms of new choreography we find ourselves enthusiastic in seriously looking at new gestures and movement which lie beyond the familiar and the traditional. When we find that such unfamiliar borrowings are laden with expression, we find ourselves eager to use their creative potential. Obviously, this needs to be done within parameters of the enshrined Odissi grammar.