Maana Bhanjan

Choreography : Ileana Citaristi
Music: Laxmikanta Palit
Rhythm: Sachidananda Das
Duration: 52 min
Year of composition: 2011

Dancers: Ileana Citaristi, Saswat Joshi, Pallavi Beriha, Sagarika Mohanty, Sephalika Nayak, Rajhasri Prusty, Minati Mohapatra, Upasana Mohanty, Mousumi Mohapatra

A traditional Odissi dance-drama based on the original script by Babaji Vaishnava Charan Das and Mohan Sunder Dev Goswami. It is the story of the offended Radha, seductive Chandrabali and repentant Krishna, who undergoes different disguises in order to win back Radha’s trust; a classic belonging to the preliminary stage of the Odissi revival. Behind the dramatic plot, which has elements of pathos as well as comic overtures, lies the philosophy of total surrender and final merging of the individuals into the universal soul , propagated by the Vaishnav faith.

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