GANJAM triumphs in New Delhi!
Sutra created impact with GANJAM! New Delhi dance aficionados were taken to another level of appreciation during last night’s premiere at the Kamani. Accompanied by live music from Odisha led by Guru Gajendra Panda who was also responsible for the dance composition, the dancers of Sutra brought the spirit of Ganjam’s rich theatre traditions in a magnificent display of verve and vitality, blending tribal, folk and classical elements in a creative new odissi repertoire. As a concept, the collaboration of artistic direction, dance and music composition, lighting design and video-projection worked towards a crescendo of unique dance-theatre manifestation of the first order. The dancers of Sutra had to be singled out for their great team dancing and Sivarajah’s lighting and projection gave GANJAM the monumentality of impact of a great dance-theatre. It must also be mentioned that GANJAM’s music composition (Pandit Gopal Panda) was so evocative that melodies still lingered in our mind long after the performance. Leela Venkataraman spoke eloquently of Ganjam’s role in the larger context of odissi. Dr Dinanath Pathy, who provided the research material for GANJAM, was inspired to publish a book on the cultural historicity of Ganjam. Dancing Ganjam, Pathy’s book, was launched as part of the event and the first copy was presented to Leela Venkataraman. The show was elegantly emcee-ed by Shivani Pasrich. GANJAM was attended by a stellar show of the artistic community of dancers, visual artists and the diplomatic community – which included Shobha Deepak Singh, HE Datuk Naimun Ashakli (High Commissioner of Malaysia to India), Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Jatin Das, Anjolie Ela Menon, Datuk Bhaskaran Pillai, Pooja Kapur, Sunita Kohli, Sunil Mehra and many others.
Photo credit : Sutra Foundation & A. Prathap