Contributed by Sreeja Madathaykandy
An evening well spent at Kalaloka Institute of Fine Arts, Bentonville, AR, understanding and enjoying a unique traditional dance form, ODISSI from the east coast of India.
Adrija Datta and her students showcased this old classical dance form with geometrical movement patterns and beautiful intricate expressions matched to rhythmic beats and sensuous music. A notable element of her presentation was the garlanded flowers, silver jewelry and costume, which were simple, elegant, and easy to wear, representing the era and culture at the same time ensuring that dance remains the focus.
Thanks to KIFA for creating an appropriate atmosphere in the studio with the resources, the audience could immerse into the action.
The head, torso and lower body movements fascinated me with each part moving in opposition to the one above making it so attractive. The interactive session and explaining the mudras and torso moments and the terms used, such as chauka, tribhangha made it informative and interesting.
Thank you Adrija Dutta for the dedication and passion in teaching this graceful dance form to the kids in our community and students for showing the interest and working on it. It was a wonderful performance.