Source: thehindu.com; Author: Renee Kumar; Photo Courtesy: thehindu.com

A refreshing facet that is steadily emerging in classical dance is the opening up of traditional dance genre in regions other than their own and the meeting of two styles on a common ground. Here was a case of Odissi meets Bharatanatyam, where ideally both retain their specific identity with the nuances of the genre intact and yet making for a holistic, wholesome treat. Their individual strengths notwithstanding, Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi) and Soundarya Srivatsa (Bharatanatyam), attempted to mingle and meld with each other and for most part presented a unifying picture.

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There should have been a better melding of thoughts. In picture: Soundarya Srivatsa