Source: The Hindu; Author/Photo Courtesy: Nita Vidyarthi

In the firmament of dance today, great dancers have emerged no doubt but seldom one comes across a versatile artiste-performer, dancer-choreographer, ace pakhawaj player, critic and above all a teacher like Ratikanta Mohapatra. Resting principally on Nritta with all the elements of the dance form, the elaborate combinations and permutations of the tala was presented in an irrepressible style. The music was recorded with the thunderous pakhawaj accompaniment by Guru Ratikanta Mahapatra himself! An unforgettable performance leaving the audience wanting for more.

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His flourishes: Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra in performance. Photo: Nita Vidyarthi