Tyaga – A Classical Dance Drama presented by Rajashri Praharaj

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Bhubaneswar: Rajashri Praharaj presents a dance drama “Tyaga” supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India and in collaboration with Srjan on 20.03.2018 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

Tyaga was the deeply moving story about two women self-sacrificing and devoted. The twists and turns in their lives and the way they have dealt with extreme situations sends out a strong message to society and forces us to relook at our priorities. From them we learn the value of devotion and sacrifice. Lakhyaheera, forced into prostitution by tragic circumstances. Anasuya, a princess- beautiful and devout. By an accident of fate, the princess marries a characterless Leper. To appease the senseless sexual hunger of her husband, Anasuya is prepared to surrender her body to a dissolute king for one lakh diamonds. Lakhyaheera in keeping with her commitment, also prepares to make the unthinkable compromise of surrendering herself to the disgusting Leper’s lust. Finally both king and Leper are radically transformed by the nobility and devotion of two devoted women both capable of great sacrifice. Both capable of transforming lives. An Odissi presentation inspired by the musical and theatrical elements of Odia Geetinatya, based on the moving tale of “Lakhyaheera” written by noted dramatist of Odisha, Sri Kartik Ghosh. Rajashree Praharaj and students of the Srjan beautifully presented the dance drama before the audience. The choreography of this flawless presentation was by Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, the music was composed by Lakshmikant Palit, the script written by Jaydev Das, and Light Operated by Debiprasad Mishra.

The dignitaries who grace the occasion was Dr. Minati Mishra, noted Odissi Dancer, Smt. Anu Choudhury, Actress and Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, Director, Srjan. The programme was compared by Dr. Srinibas Ghatuari.

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