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Bichitrananda Swain, the Artistic Director of Rudrakshya Foundation, presented his all male dancers team in two of his classy choreographies executed immaculately. "Jaha Krishna Saha Kali" delved deep into the concept of Krishna and Kali in exploration of the similarities and contrasts between the two. It was an unusual beginning with a devotee meditating with the OM sound and the bija mantras of Kleem and Kreem for Krishna and Kali respectively, Krishna with gopis on the banks of Yamuna and Kali with howling jackals in the cremation ground. Several similarities and dissimilarities made for a spectacular dramatic delineation, with the scope to perform eye-catching formations and powerful dance capturing the attention of the audience from start to finish. The shringara leela between these contrasting characters oblivious of Radha and Shiva - their partners - signifying the merging of Krishna and Kali was wondrous.
The second piece Chakravyuha was taken from the great battle of Kurukshetra. Chakravyuha is a war formation requiring skill to break through, which was known only to Arjuna and partly to Abhimanyu who did not know the skill of coming out of the formation. The story of the circumstances that led Abhimanyu to access it is a hair raising story of the Kaurava army headed by Guru Dronacharya martyring the boy warrior jointly. Music composition by Ramahari Das and rhythm composition of Dhaneswar Swain was of a high standard. Light designer Debi Prasad Misra made the two works come alive.
Writer and Dance Critic: Tapati Chowdhurie
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Photos courtesy: Odisha Tourism
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