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Excerpts of Articles by V.P.Dhananjayan
from his book "beyond Performing: Art and Culture"
Published by B.R.Rhythms, Delhi
The book contains articles on art, culture, social issues, politics,
lectures, profiles and letters to editors and administrative heads.
Foreword by Cho Ramaswamy & illustrations by Cartoonist Sarathy
Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
Profile featured in narthaki.com
the eighties, after leaving the Kala Vikas Kendra, Kelucharan Mohapatra
travelled assiduously to different cities of India to be able to teach
and spread Odissi dance, as far and wide as possible. He became a regular
visiting teacher for the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Delhi, for the National
Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai and for the Padatik Dance Centre
in Calcutta. The number of his students kept on multiplying and when he
was not teaching them in their respective towns, they would come, especially
in the summer months to learn from him at his house in Cuttack.
Kelucharan Mohapatra would appear
on stage as a solo performer and leave the audience spellbound by the sensual
beauty and naturalness of his interpretations of the character of Radha
from the Geeta Govinda, of the fisherman Kaibarta from the Ramayan and
of Krishna from innumerable Oriya songs. Compared with Nijinsky for his
"magnificent sinuous torso and arms" and with Chaplin for his "most inspired
gestural acting" by American critics, Kelucharan had by now danced not
only in India but all over the world, participating in the festivals of
India in London, Russia, Germany, France, America and Japan.
Read the complete
Info & pics courtesy: Srjan
on Dance" by V.P.Dhananjayan
Natya The Essence of Hyndhava -
Dharma ; Salient Features of Dance ; Rasas ; Elaboration of the Rasas ;
The Concept of the Male Dancer ; Kathakali - Origin & background ;
Classical technique in Kathakali ; Costume & Make-up in Kathakali