ODISSI

MANGALACHARAN (Manikhya Bina)

Flowers are brought to Lord Jagannatha and a prayer is offered to Devi in her many forms.

"As Saresvati, Goddess of Learning, the one who carries the vina, whose hair is tied about the crescent moon, with sandal paste on her full breasts, whose walk sways as the elephant, this Devi, our mother is worshipped by all."

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin; Raga: Mallika, Tala: Mallika, Language: Sanskrit

MANGALACHARAN (Vedanudhariyate)

The ten incarnations of Vishnu are described.

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin

MANGALACHARAN (Namami)

Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Siva and Parvati is invoked to send his blessings.

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin

MANGALACHARAN (Maha Sundaram)

The beauty of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Siva and Parvati is described.

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin

MANGALACHARAN (Guru Brahma)

A traditional prayer to the trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Siva.

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin

BOTTU NRITYA

Musicians and dancers sculpted on the Sun Temple in Orissa comes to life in this abstract dance.

Choreography: traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional Odissi (pakhavaj and vocal and flute; raga: Iman tala: Ek (4)

DASAVATAR

When some evil arises on earth which no other power can quell, the Lord himself must intervene, born into the world as an avatar. This song from Jayadeva's Gitagovinda describes the ten incarnations of Vishnu: Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (Boar) Narasimha ( half man, half lion), Bamana (dwarf), Parasurama (slayer of warriors), Rama (bowman) Buddha and Kalki (the iconoclast).

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin raga: Kalyani tala: kanda

PALLAVI

An expression of the mood of the music, sringar (romance). Many of the poses are taken from the 13th century Sun Temple at Konarak, Orissa.

Choreography: Traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohapatra) Music: Traditional pakhavaj, vocal, violin

There are many pallavis that are identified by the raga in which they are composed. Anjali has seven in her repertoire (Vasant, Kalayani, Mohana, Arabi, Shankarabaran, Saveri, Bellahori).

GITA GOVINDA SUITE

This classic Sanskrit love poem written in the 12th century traces the relationship of Radha and Krishna, the divine couple and forms a central part of any Odissi recital. These stories formed a favourite theme for miniature paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries. Five vignettes are presented.

Lalita Lavungalata. Radha, Krishna's beloved wandering in a forest surrounded bythe magic of spring. Everywhere its gentle influence stirs her emotions, but without her beloved Krishna, this joyful season brings only sorrow.

Chandana Charchita. The amusements of Krishna and his companions the gopis (milkmaids) are described as they enjoy themselves in the forest of Brindavan

Rati Sucasare. Radha, cease your pining, love and happiness await you if you go to Krishna, waiting for you by the river.

Yahi Madhava. Radha is offended by Krishna's dalliance with another woman.

Kuru Yadunandana. Finally united with Krishna, Radha exults in his embrace.

Choreography: traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohanpatra) Music: Traditional Odissi (pakhavaj and vocal and flute; raga, tala: : various

MOKSHA

Krishna relates in the Bhagavad Gita: "Many are the paths of men, but all in the end come to me". This release of the spirit is symbolized in abstract dance.

Choreography: traditional Odissi (Kelucharan Mohanpatra) Music: Traditional Odissi (pakhavaj and vocal and flute; raga: Desh tala: Ek (4)