Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Murchhana - The Spirit of Sangeet - In Kuchipudi - 2015

 Kuchipudi Production Murchhana:

Music is at the heart of dance. They merge together and present unison of purpose. Inspiration to showcase the synergy and then to invoke creativity to portray the various merger of the weaving is what makes Murchhana, indeed the very essence of Life.  

Amrita Lahiri performed Murchhana- the Spirit of Sangeet in Kalakshetra Foundation on 7th February 2015. 

Murchhana was conceptualized by renowned dancer Sharmia Biswas (founder Odissi Vision and Movement Center, Kolkata). She is a senior disciple of the legendary Guru, Kelucharan Mohapatra

Here is what she says about her concept, Murchhana- the Spirit of Sangeet, in her words:

The story of Murchhana I had started almost twenty years back. It had several versions, each approaching the story from different angle.

The Murchhana which I created for Amrita is a solo version. The story remains the the basic framework is from Indian mythology. The style of presentation and music have been deliberately done with strong Kuchipudi accent.

Amrita adds- 
Conceptualised by Sharmila Biswas, Murchhana is based on stories from the oral tradition of the khol players of rural Orissa. These stories have roots in the Puraanas but have evolved into many branches, being told over generations.

The khol players of Orissa interpret sangeet as a combination of the three- nritya, geeta, vadya- plus a fourth element- the life- which is interpreted as Murchhana.

The story begins with a dialogue between the singer and dancer comparing the physical body to sangeet. Just as a physical body is lifeless without its soul, in that same way, sangeet comes alive with Murchhana- its soul. The singer asks what is the use of physical expertise without spirit? And what is this spirit? What is it that makes sangeet worthwhile and takes it towards Moksha? It is.......... Murchhana

The credits for the support: Mentor- Sharmila Biswas, Nattuvangam- Guru Jaikishore Mosalikanti, Vocal and music composition- Sudha Raghuraman, Mridangam- Shri Haribabu, 
Violin- Shri Easwar Ramakrishnan.

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