LALITA LAVANGA LATA 2017
Choreography: Guru Mayadhar Raut
Dancer: Sonia St-Michel
Music composition: Balkrushna Das
Costumes: Bhagirati Das
Video: David Lopez Subdiaz
This is a narrative choreography; in Odissi this genre is called “Abhinaya” which means to carry forward the meaning of a text. The choreography is based on a poem from the “Gita-Govinda” a collection by the medieval poet Jayadeva. During springtime, Krishna plays his flute and the air is filled with the mood of love, the season seems endless for separated lovers. The trees and flowers are blossoming, the tender wind blows and the air is filled with the sound of birds and bees. Radha wanders in the forest and searches for her lover Krishna.
We are thankful to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for their support. On-going performance and transmission of this repertoire is the result of over 15 years of research and training in India.