Friday Review

Mastery over abhinaya

Odissi danseuse Kavitha Dwivedi, daughter and disciple of Odissi maestro Guru Harekrishna Behera and founder director of Odissi Akademi in Delhi, performs at TDM Hall, Kochi. Photo: Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Odissi danseuse Kavitha Dwivedi, daughter and disciple of Odissi maestro Guru Harekrishna Behera and founder director of Odissi Akademi in Delhi, performs at TDM Hall, Kochi. Photo: Photo: Thulasi Kakkat   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

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Kavitha Dwivedi’s Odissi recital in Kochi showcased her flawless technique.

Odissi danseuse Kavita Dwivedi, daughter and disciple of late Odissi maestro Harekrishna Behera, presented a recital in Kochi that highlighted her lineage and her flawless techniques.

In the traditional mangalacharan, Kavita paid respects to the guru, the Gods and the audience and interpreted slokas on Vishnu and Krishna. She gave a short introduction to Odissi dance, its origin from the Maharis and Gotipuas and the technical aspects such as chouka, tribhaga et al. Kavita struck up precise poses and gave impeccable footwork in the pallavi with the famous song ‘Ta ri jhoom’. It was a perfect blend of all that is aesthetic in Odissi – the stances, the moves and other technicalities of nritta.

After a short demonstration of the nine rasas, she performed a piece on ‘vatsalya’ or motherly love, without music or lyrics. Her mastery in abhinaya came forth in her expressive eyes and clear mudras. Another captivating item was a bhajan by Salbeg, a poet afflicted with leprosy who prays to God to alleviate his pain.

The programme was organised by Bank Employees Arts Movement.

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