Director: Madhavi Mudgal
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Born in 1986 into a family of musicians, Arushi Mudgal was exposed to music and dance through the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, an institute started by her grandfather Padmashri Pt. Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and headed currently by her father, Padmashri Madhup Mudgal. She started learning Odissi dance formally at the age of five from her aunt Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal. She has passed the Visharad examination of the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in Odissi dance and the Madhyama Purna exam in classical vocal music. Arushi has toured extensively in India and overseas as part of her guru’s dance troupe. She is a recipient of several awards in the arts.
Here, she performs Vasant, a piece describing the beauty of spring. This is inspired by Kalidasa's 6th century text, Ritusamhara. Vasant is also a part of Madhavi Mudgal's production, Ananya - The Unparalleled.
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.