International Odissi Festival 2003: Dushmanta Mahajan and Chitrasena Swain perform Gotipua dance
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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.
In Oriya, “Gotiye” means ‘single’ or ‘one’ and “Pua” is ‘boy’. A Gotipua is a pre-pubescent male dancer in female garb. Traditionally, the Gotipuas sang while they danced. They were accompanied by a mardala (pakhawaj) player and a cymbal player.
Here, Dushmanta Mahajan and Chitrasena Swain, two gotipuas from the Dasabhuja Gotipua Odishi Nrutya Parishad, Raghurajpur, perform a condensed version of the gotipua repertoire - mangalacharan with bhumi pranam and sabha pranam, sarigama pallavi with a sloka and bandha nritya.
Mardala plays; the two gotipuas enter walking in madhya laya with their hands folded in anjali hasta.They then pose in tribhanga, their anjali hands to one side, as they use their feet to keep time.
They pay obeisance to the earth.
There is no ukuta and the pallavi is performed to the sargam.
A verse describing the beauty of Krishna embedded in the pallavi.
Pallavi ends with a faster repetition of the verses. The boys lift the ends of their pallu and hold it above their heads in one step. They tuck it back in as the bandha nritya ukuta begins.
Chira - The dancer performs a 180 degree split, sinking to the floor.
The 'chakrasana' pose from yoga, where the dancer performs consecutive backbends.
Sunyabandha - Again going down in chakrasana, the dancer moves his feet rhythmically to complete one rotation.
Another variation of chakrasana.
Placing their weight on their hands, the dancers turn somersaults.
Hamsa (swan) bandha
Mayura (peacock) bandha.
The dancer in the centre is in mayura bandha while the one who walks around him is in chara mayura (grazing peacock) bandha.
A variation of the Radha-Krishna pose; normally performed by six to eight dancers, here, two must serve the purpose.
The last portion of bandha nritya. Most gotipua dances end with a similar sequence of steps.