Director: Aruna Mohanty
Duration: 00:16:20; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 24.312; Saturation: 0.212; Lightness: 0.069; Volume: 0.105; Cuts per Minute: 3.734
Summary: The 2nd International Odissi Festival was organised by IPAP between August 28 - 31, 2003, in Washington D.C. Dedicated to the memory of Guru Pankaj Charan Das, who passed away in June 2003, it brought together Odissi dancers and scholars from all over the world.
Aruna Mohanty is a senior disciple of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. She has also received training from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She first made a mark in the early 1980s and gained fame for her duet performances with Nandita Patnaik.
Here Mohanty performs Varsavisara, a piece she has choreographed herself. 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.