Saturday, May 03, 2008

Dona Ganguly - outstanding

And for those of you who want to know what I was doing *before* the Blue Frog visit - here are a couple of photos from the International Dance Day celebrations at Nehru Centre.
There were three performances in different genres. The Bharatanatyam performance was indifferent and amateurish and hard to watch. The solo Kuchipudi performance was interesting, but it was Dona Ganguly's Odissi recital of Mahishasura Mardini - the Death of the Buffalo Demon at the hands of the Great Goddess - that stole the show.
For pure spectacle, it was hard to beat. I very quickly gave up photographing, and just sat back to enjoy the show. These two photos are from the early part of the performance.

Dona herself is a pleasure to watch. She is confident and commands the stage, arresting your attention. But her students are very good as well, and the choreography was vivid, bringing the Great Goddess to life before my eyes.

Now you see why the Blue Frog was such a shock to my system? I went from one world into another!

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