Published On: Sun, Nov 27th, 2016

Mayadhar Raut of School of Odissi Dance organized Jai Jaggnath an Odissi Dance recital in New Delhi

guru3Bhubaneswar: Mayadhar Raut of School of Odissi Dance organized Jai Jaggnath an Odissi Dance recital at at IIC auditorium, Lodhi Estate in New Delhi on Sunday. The program was inaugurated by the chief guest Mridula Pradhan.

Sunday evening Sonam Samal, Nitya Pant, Dr. Priyanka Venkateswaran, Vasundhra Chopra, Jayanti Chakraborty and Ankita Nayak of the School present compositions Madhumita Raut. The students, trained by Guruji’s daughter Madhumita Raut, reflect their Guru’s style known for ‘laassya’, ‘grace’ and intense ‘abhinaya’. They have recently performed successful shows in Malaysia under their Guru
Madhumita Raut, who has further enriched the Odissi repertoire with many new compositions . Madhumita Raut is the torchbearer of her father’s legacy and is the force behind the Mayadhar Raut schools in India and abroad. Author of Odissi-History, Evolution & Technique, she has showcased Odissi dance in more than 30 countries.

“We dedicate today’s evening to Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of Puri Dhaam, one of the four main pilgrimages of Vaishnavite Hindus. The Jagannath culture pervades in all walks of life of Odia people. This has enriched the cultural heritage of Odisha – and Odissi dance. As we all know, Earlier Odissi dance was performed at the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri by devadasi dancers called Maharis. Today we try to recreate the magical temple atmosphere by singing and dancing on the Bhajans of Lord Jagannath,” said Guru Madhumita Raut.

The students presented Adishankaracharya’s Jagannath Ashtakam . The highlight of the evening was
Bhajan Ahe Nila Saila.

It should be noted that in an endeavour towards promoting Odissi, Jayantika Association runs Mayadhar school of Odissi dance which functions in the tradition of ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ at the residence of the legendary Odissi doyen Guru Maydhar Raut. Guru Mayadhar Raut, recipient of many awards including the Sangeet Natak academy award and the ‘President’s PADMA award’ for his contribution to Abhinaya, has enriched Odissi vocabulary with ‘shastra-based” knowledge.

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