Director: Kelucharan Mohapatra
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Summary: The 4th International Odissi Dance Festival in 2011 was held from December 23 to 30, 2011, at Rabindra Mandap Bhubaneswar. The festival was preceded by an attempt to create a world record by having around 550 dancers perform together at Kalinga Stadium. It saw the participation of most major Odissi ensembles in Orissa and a few from outside the state. With performances for over twelve hours each day, the festival featured several hundred performers in solo, duet and group works over eight days. In its scale, the festival offered a bird's eye view of the landscape of contemporary Odissi and its ever-changing nature. It foregrounded new trends in choreography, music and costuming. The seminars during the festival sparked lively debates on issues and concerns in Odissi. One such concern, voiced repeatedly, questioned the definition of tradition within the space of the dance form and the limits it could be stretched to. This raised parallel questions about innovation and experimentation in Odissi - a debate that found itself mirrored in the performances during the festival.
Born in 1982, Rashmi Rekha Das received her preliminary training in Odissi dance in Srjan under the guidance of Sujata Mohapatra and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She is attached to Art Vision since 2003 and has taken part in all the major dance productions of the Institution as leading dancer. She holds a Nritya Shastri Purna from Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy and a Visharad from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She holds an MA in Orissan Studies from Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar.
She performs an Oriya abhinaya, to lagi gopa danda. Radha is exasperated with Krishna and enumerates his various pranks, entreating him not to walk the streets of Gopapura.