Sunday, August 9, 2009

Gotipua dance of Orissa

Have a good look at these pictures of a dance form from the state of Orissa, a coastal state in India.









The boys - yes, little boys! - have been trained in this dance form by Guru Birabar Sahoo (79), a national award winner. The word Gotipua means 'single boy'.
The dance repertoire consists of an invocation to deities, followed by several numbers that bring out the nuances of that particular dance form, invariably based on devotional themes and folklore.
We marvelled at those flexible figures displaying the art form with dedication and near-perfection.
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(Gotipua dance performance on July 18, 2009 at CCRT auditorium, New Delhi by students of Birabar Sahoo)

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21 comments:

  1. Great shots taken, Swarna!
    Breathtaking!!!

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  2. WOW - that is amazing and beautiful! I would love to see this performance in person!

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  3. Great shots and the dance looks like a beautiful spectacle.
    Janice.

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  4. Fabulous shots of the dancers. I'd love to see them dance. Looks like a great performance.

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  5. Very graceful dance movements and colorful costuming.

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  6. Wonderful shots of this difficult and beautiful dance.

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  7. What fantastic shots, Swarna! Would love to see the dance and the boys make wonderful and surprising dancers.

    Have a lovely week!
    Sylvia

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  8. Fantastic photos, these are brilliant. Such tradition and color.

    Have a great week
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  9. I would love to see the performance in person too. What beautiful costumes.

    My world is posted at www.ewok1993.wordpress.com

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  10. Nice shots of a beautiful performance.

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  11. What amazing form. And why did I just assume they were girls. It looks almost like gymnastics or USA cheerleaders. Awesome.

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  12. Amazing shots. All credit to the kids for their hard work, dedication they have put to come to this stage.

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  13. and i thought they were girls! wow! they are amazing. definitely a sight to see in person.

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  14. Swarna, this is a great post! Beautiful photos. How clever to dance like that, and their teacher is also very clever!

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  15. They're athletes as well as dancers! (Good you told me they were boys, as I thought they were girls at first...)

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  16. Really good shots ... i see this dance during my wonderful travel, two years ago.
    Ciao Marco

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  17. This dance groupe from Konark Natya Mandap
    www.konarknatyamandap.org
    www.konarkfestival.com

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  18. More about Gotipua Dance from Orissa:
    www.gotipua.com

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