Multi-dance Styles by Rasa United
Direction: Vanashree Rao
Odissi by Debi Basu & Troupe (approx. 112 mins)
An NCPA Presentation
Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and Kuchipudi exponent Vanashree Rao, along with her troupe, will present four tales: Abhimanyu Vadh, a choreographic exploration in three classical dance styles that portrays the tragic episode of the death of young Abhimanyu in the chakravyuh; Tripurasurasamhara, in which the three sons of the demon Tarakasura pray to Brahma to grant them immortality; Jyotirling, a performance describing the 12 jyotirlings of Shiva; and Mahishasura Mardini, inspired by Pandit Jasraj's composition, conceptualised to celebrate and offer an ode to the supreme mother, Durga.
Debi Basu is an eminent Odissi dancer and co-founder of Samyuktam. She imbibed this art form under the guidance of the great Odissi master Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. She along with her troupe will present Anantamanuraga. The performance is themed around the blissful experience of love. It begins with an ode to the idea of love and builds into a celebration of life itself through dance. The eternal love of Radha and Krishna is explored through the narration of the Sakhi and the performance concludes with the Ananda Tandav symbolising the joyful union of the earthly with the divine.
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