Director: Aruna Mohanty
Duration: 00:16:35; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 359.658; Saturation: 0.165; Lightness: 0.111; Volume: 0.536; Cuts per Minute: 4.520
Summary: The 3rd International Odissi Festival was organised by IPAP between December 26 - 30, 2006 in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to the memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the festival also saw the construction of a gigantic open-air dance theatre in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya campus. The daylong performances included leading and upcoming Odissi dancers. The festival also made space for seminars, Odissi music and lecture demonstrations.
Leema Bhol was initiated to Odissi dance by Guru Gajendra Panda & Leena Mohanty just before stepping into her teens. Her dance was refined and polished under the tutelage of renowned Guru Shri Gangadhar Pradhan, Guru Bichitrananda Swain, Guru Aruna Mohanty and Sri Yudhisthir Nayak. She was awarded the Senior National Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India. She has performed widely in India and abroad on the stage and TV Programmes.. Some of her noteworthy performances includes, "Swarnotsav" organised by the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi at Ahmedabad and New Delhi in 2000 and 2001, Odissi dance performances in the Spring Friendship Art Festival at Pyongyang, North Korea and in the USA, Germany, Italy, Croatia and England recently.
Here, Leema performs Varsavisara, a piece choreographed by Aruna Mohanty. The parched Indian soil, weary of the prolonged heat of summer, eagerly welcomes the arrival of the monsoon. It is a symbol of new life and regeneration of the thrill and passion of romance. This dance is a celebration of the arrival of rain and pangs of separation the lovers suffer yearning for the beloved. Music is by Guru Ramahari Das and rhythm composition by Guru Dhaneswar Swain.