A rare dance composition: Ganjam Odissi


Bhubaneswar: April 18: Capital City witnessed a different, well- composed, well-choreographed, well-performed Dance yesterday at Rabindra Mandap. Ganjam in Odissi style, presented by Sutra Foundation, gives refined flavours of Ganjam in all its beats and sounds. Malaysia’s Sutra Foundation spearheaded by Ramli Ibrahim presented one of the most challenging dance works, which carries with care the tradition, the literature and all the folk forms of Ganjam. It can clearly said, Sutra’s newest Odissi Production, is inspired by powerful folk dances and music traditions of the culture-rich southern district of Odisha.

Artistes’ from Odisha representing the best in various disciplines began working together with Ramli Ibrahim and his team. Dinanath Pathy, the literary and visual consultant conceived the theme and the visual images to make it a rare one. Guru Gajendra Panda with the help of literary sources and movement ideas from the tribal as well as folk culture of Ganjam conceived the dance formats and weaves them into the stylised classical format of Odishi. Well known Guru and exponent of traditional music Gopal Panda composed and set the music to make it to match to the theme and composition. Last not the least was the choreographic adaptation for the group format by its artistic director Ramli Ibrahim. Also, its brilliant light, set design, fine performance by artistes adds value to this production.

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