Director: Pankaj Charan Das
Duration: 00:28:29; Aspect Ratio: 1.364:1; Hue: 2.442; Saturation: 0.276; Lightness: 0.184; Volume: 0.154; Cuts per Minute: 0.316
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.
Ritha Devi was born in the cultured and erudite family of poet Rabindranath Tagore and Lakshminath Bezbaroa, father of modern Assamese literature. Ritha Devi feels that she has truly found herself in the lyrical dance-form of Oudra Nritya, the special tradition of the Devadasis of Orissa. Ritha Devi was the first to rescue this art from near extinction and to perform it in many parts of India, Europe and U.S.A. She currently lives in Pune after living for many years in New York, teaching and performing.
Here, she performs panchakanya, a very special composition of Guru Pankaj Charan Das.