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

A wholesome treat with a sprinkling of Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak was featured for the audience on the opening day of Kala Nadam 2013 fest. The Nrityantar ensemble presented a group choreography akin to Mallari of the Bharatanatyam genre. The ritualistic paraphernalia that accompanies a processional temple deity was depicted in detail — here it was Lord Jagannath of Puri. Measured footwork to ukkutas, with graceful bends and moves in absolute sync to the tala marked the description of the deityThe chariot formation by the dancers was the highlight of this piece. The Konark Kantee flowed effortlessly, a sort of homage piece to the origin of Odissi, viz. the sculptures of the Konark Sun temple. This was marked by sculpturesque stances intermingled with pure footwork.A Jayadeva ashtapadi, “Yehi Madhava’ was a solo abhinaya-piece by Madhulita.

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