June 24, 2010
This year also celebrates the 80th birthday of the legendary Guru Mayadhar Raut. Known as one of the four main pillars of Odissi, Guru Mayadhar Raut has been instrumental in reviving Odissi as we know it today and enriching it with Shastra based knowledge and numerous innovative inputs. His dance style is ‘Bhava Pradhan' i.e. Abhinaya is predominant and his choreography has a number of subtle nuances. His greatest gift to Odissi is the Geet Govind Ashtapadis of Jayadeva. He was the first Odissi Guru to choreograph Geet Govind Ashtapadis for modern stage; they are now an integral part of the Odissi repertoire. For his lifetime contribution to Odissi, Guru Mayadhar Raut was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India.
YAATRA is a three day festival. This festival celebrates the Gurutattva which is considered sacred in the Indian classical arts. This is not a festival of individual artists, but of the whole artist community as a whole paying homage to our Gurus.
Yaatra-International Festival of Dance will feature some stalwarts of our times and Guruji's students from all over the world. The audience will consist of eminent personalities from the field of art, culture, politics and dignitaries from diplomatic corps.
Guruji's biography will be released. It has been written by Aadya Kaktikar and edited by Madhumita Raut. The biography captures the dynamic years of the 40s, 50s to the 70s in the history of Odissi dance. Narrated by Guruji himself and illustrated with extraordinary pictures, the book gives a rare insight into the making of Jayantika, Kala Vikas Kendra and the world of Kalakshetra. This is the most detailed and authentic history of Odissi post-independence.
At: India Habitat Centre
Day 1- The Stalwarts
Friday, 23rd July 2010, 6.30pm
Release of Guruji's biography
Followed by dance recitals:
Odissi - Guru Mayadhar Raut
Bharatanatyam - Jayalakshmi Eshwar
Kathak - Jayant Kastuar
Day 2- The tradition continues...
DAY 3- Odissi from homeland
Sunday, 25th July 2010, 6.30pm
Jayantika Samman will be conferred on eminent artists from Orissa. It will be followed by
Mardala vadan - Guru Banamali Maharana
Odissi music - Pradeep Das
Odissi dance - students of Kala Vikas Kendra & Madhumita Raut & Group
Guru Mayadhar Raut is the pioneering spirit who revived Odissi dance in 1950s with Shastra-based knowledge. He codified, redefined and restructured Odissi dance to bring it to the level of a classical dance form. Today his disciples are well known Gurus and performing artists. Jayantika Association, a non-profit organization founded by Guru Mayadhar Raut in Orissa in 1959 and recognized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, is propagating Odissi dance all over the world. Guru Mayadhar Raut has also been honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1985), Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1977), Sahitya Kala Parishad Award (1984), Upendra Bhanja Samman (2005), Rajeev Gandhi Sadbhavana Award (2003), Biju Patnaik Samman (1993), Utkal Prativa Puraskar (1984), Bharat Ke Sangeet Ratna Award (2007) amongst many others.
Yaatra spreads the message of love and joy and looks at the artist community as a big warm family. Yaatra is a step towards creating a world symposium on Indian dance and music, with efforts based on monumental teamwork and participation from organisations of repute and eminence from India & abroad.