Thursday, May 19, 2005

dances of india

I wish i could write like Smt Shanta ji.
i saw a clip on DD Bharati of the Khajuraho festival. This year I could not see the festival due to the tsunami in andaman and nicobar islands. I saw the some jyoti srivastava performing ODISSI dance. The stage was nice. Temple in the backdrop illuminated by the lights looked magnificent. I always cherished the desire to perform at that stage. But alas for that one has to be a good class performer. And I am not that well. Also I have not got opportunity to continue my learning of dance under a GURU. Though I keep Smt Shanta as one of my GURUs but she don't take credit. Though I give full credit to her for kindling interest in me for nice writing and to improve my style while performing. that Means - when I read her articles covering the performance of great dancers, through them i come to know some points to keep in my mind while performing, lest to invite her critic, imagining that she is among the audience. So i consider her as a factor for improvement. that means she has been My guru.
The dancer performed the abhinaya on the stage. but i think  these stage do not provide opportunity to show our abhinaya prowess. It can be improved if Screens may be provided on the sides of stage at which magnified or close up could be shown to the audience. But then it will distract the attention of the audience from stage to the screen. That's why the abhinaya aspects are better shown in the GARBH GRIHA of temples and the court room or mehfil or Baithaks. Not for the stage.
One thing I would like to say over the dance which i saw in the clip is that she does not looked quite graceful. I mean in certain mudras she was having restriction of body.
Previously i had many times saw the performances of Smt Sonal Mansingh and that of Late Smt Sanjukta Panigrahi. And compared one as the RAW and other as sophisticated. It is anybody's guess to keep them in these group.
I have met both of them and touched their feet to get their blessings at IIT Kanpur, when they came to perform there and at Delhi also many times. Kamani etc.


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Sailaja J ... :-) said...

Hey Gaurang - can you tell me where I could find clips? I am an avid follower of this dance form and would love to see the clips. Keep blogging. It is indeed great to be in touch after all these years. Do you perform/choreograph?