KATHAK ODISSI DUET by Alokparna Guha and Nandini
has been composed with the aim of bringing out the similarities and
differences between both these beautiful Indian classical danceforms.
There are three parts –
SURYA, the Sun, is the source of all light, energy and life. The Sun
god blesses us with both hands which are like the blood red lotus. Bedecked
with ornaments, the jewel in his crown announces the day. The dancers pray
to the three- eyed god, the son of saint Kashyap who is as bright as Lord
Brahma and as powerful as Lord Vishnu, to dispel all darkness.
TARANA-PALLAVI is a pure dance or shuddha nritta. This rhythmic piece
begins with the characteristic bol, laykari and tarana of Kathak. It merges
into the Pallavi of Odissi depicting its sculpturesque postures or bhangis.
Both dancers then dance to the same tune rising to a crescendo in the sawal
RADHA and MEERA , the two women in love with Krishna meet as if
across the several centuries that separate them. Radha in search of Krishna
finds him in Meera’s temple. Meera pours out her devotion in her description
of the dark god asking him to reside in her eyes. Radha is mesmerized by
Krishna and delves into the past reminiscising how gazing into Krishna’s
eyes had tainted her dark. When Meera recognizes Radha she is ecstatic.
Radha, however, does not know Meera and becomes very jealous realizing her
love for Krishna. She even blames Krishna for having found another woman.
Meera picks up the garland that she has strung with her own hands asking
Radha to put it around Krishna’s neck thus uniting Radha and Krishna. Radha
is stunned by Meera’s selfless, unconditional love and devotion for Krishna.
She realizes that love for the Lord is universal. She asks Meera to decorate
Krishna with the sandalwood paste she has made.The two women though very
different unite in their love for Krishna.
Choreography- Nandini and Alokparna
Kathak odissi duet with Nandini Ghosal..