Ujjain: Odissi dancer conducts her first workshop at two government schools of city

Deepanjana, who took her Odissi training under Guru Poushali Mukharjee, shared her 26 years’ experience and knowledge of Odissi. She explained about the essence of Bhumi pranam, which is the first step a dancer learns from her Guru.

FP News ServiceUpdated: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 02:07 AM IST
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Deepanjana Dutta during her first day of Odissi dance workshop, in Ujjain on Monday. | FP PHOTO

Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): On the first day of week-long workshop-demonstration (WD) modules of SPIC MACAY jointly organised by IOCL was a good experience for the children of Government Primary School, Desai Nagar and Government Vijayaraje Higher Secondary School, Ghaas Mandi, here on Monday. They had a good interaction session on the art form of Odissi dance during its WD conducted by Bengal-based artist Deepanjana Dutta.

Deepanjana, who took her Odissi training under Guru Poushali Mukharjee, shared her 26 years’ experience and knowledge of Odissi. She explained about the essence of Bhumi pranam, which is the first step a dancer learns from her Guru. Apart from this, a brief introduction was also given by her on the different hasta mudras used during a dance presentation. Children were very excited when they came to know how different hand gestures can be used to express meanings of words, to depict different animals, things etc. Without uttering a word, hand gestures can be used to relate something.

Amongst Deepanjana presentations, the most beautiful was the Oriya abhinaya, Sritakamala piece taken from Geet Govind which is written by great poet Jai Dev. Though the language of the song was Oriya, but it did not stop the children to understand its meaning. Deepanjana was too expressive to act on these stories related to the song. The different acts of baby Krishna was presented before everyone. Some of them were the killing of ‘kaliya naag’ by Krishna.

SPIC MACAY State convener Pankaj Agrawal said that Deepanjana’s first performance on Tuesday will commence at 2 pm in Government High School Daulatganj number-1, Sudama Nagar and the second one will be held at 3.15pm in Government Higher Secondary School Jaalseva Niketan.

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