Duration: 00:12:16; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 30.356; Saturation: 0.492; Lightness: 0.190; Volume: 0.432; Cuts per Minute: 6.766
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.
A leading Odissi soloist, Sujata Mohapatra is a disciple and daughter-in-law of the legendary Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Intensively trained and groomed by her guru for more than eighteen years, she is the bearer of his priceless cultural heritage. Sujata has also undergone training at the Odissi Research Center in Bhubaneshwar and is currently guided and supported by her husband Ratikant Mohapatra. In addition to her training in Odissi, Sujata holds a Master's Degree in Oriya literature from Utkal University and has extensively researched temple architecture relating to the dance form.
Here, she is seen performing Ardhanariswara, a composition that celebrates Ardhanariswara, an androgynous form of Siva and Parvati, half-man, half-woman. It was choreographed by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Music composition is by Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi. It is set to raga Ragamalika.