The thing I love most about dancing Odissi is sharing a mystical world with my audience and students. My favorite dance always have and probably always will be those depicting my belief in the mysterious powers of the universe. I absolutely believe in the power of prayer, chanting, and celebrating our appreciation for the universe and the life forces that share our journey. This summer I am focusing my performances on these feeling and sharing two dances with my audiences: Mangalacharun an invocation dance for Lord Gonesh who helps us to remove obstacles from our path and Dashavatar the first piece of epic Geet Govinda by Sri Jaya Dev thanking Vishnu for protecting us and describing him and 10 of his incarnation. Both of these dances were originally choreographed by the late great Guru Kelucharun Mohapatra and taught to me by his student and my Guru Sangeeta Mahapatra Kar and I feel extremely blessed that through my guru’s and parent’s love I learned these dances that originate from other side of the planet in which I live, that are now directly part of my immediate world.
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