The illustrious Odissi dance doyenne Guru Madhavi Mudgal and her versatile shishya, Arushi Mudgal, brought alive the magnificence and splendour of the lyrical Odissi dance on the day two of the ongoing Chandigarh Guru Shishya Dance Festival at the Tagore Theatre on Saturday.
Coming from a family of illustrious musicologists and performers of Indian classical music and dance, both daughter and granddaughter of Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya- the founder of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi- Madhavi and Arushi continue the legacy of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra with élan.
Submerged in spiritual fervour, Madhavi Mudgal commenced the recital with an invocatory Manglacharan “Sambhavo lalaat…from Sangeet Ratnakar”set to “ek tal”with rhythmic variations. Young Arushi displayed her nimble footwork and eloquent body movements in executing the ‘Pallavi’. Madhavi showcased her adroit mastery over the dance with delineation of various emotional expression and facial gestures. Through two phrases “Sham suno nero…”and “Aapas mein…”, Arushi depicted ‘ball leelas’ of lord Krishna, while guru Madhavi revelled in the majesty of ‘Basant’ ritu. Guru Vijanti Kashi and Shishya Prateeksha Kashi will present the concluding Kuchipudi dance on Sunday.