A highlight of Bengaluru's rich & growing cultural calendar, the hugely popular event NAMAN is one classical dance festival, most art lovers eagerly wait for, as it offers sumptuous array of finest Odissi dance performances. The festival is a humble initiative by Bengaluru-based Odissi dance institution, Nrityantar, to bring together and showcase varied styles and schools of Odissi dance. ‘Naman’, literally meaning 'salutation', is a tribute to the Guru, the visible embodiment of God. The festival pays rich tributes to great gurus of Odissi dance for their invaluable contributions in the growth and popularisation of this extremely elegant art. An event where audiences not only get the opportunity to experience beauty, richness & nuances of different styles & schools of Odissi dance by its finest exponents but they also enjoy and appreciate contributions & works of the great gurus & pioneers. With fully packed & over-flowing halls, the festival has been very well received by everyone in its previous editions and has featured some of the biggest names in the field, like Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Smt. Sangeeta Dash, Smt. Madhavi Mudgaland Smt. Bijayni Satapathy. NAMAN that was inaugurated by renowned Odissi guru, Padma Shri Guru Gangadhar Pradhanin the year 2010, has grown as one of the most sought after Odissi dance events in the country.
Nrityantar has also hosted a delightful evening of classical dance,
Kāvyarasa, featuring performances based on selected songs from the Sanskrit literary masterpiece, Geeta Govind, written by the 12th century poet, Jayadev.
In its first edition, eight noted dancers from Bengaluru paid rich tributes Jayadev’s magnum opus Geeta Govind, performing on some of its immortal songs. Sathyanarayana Raju (Bharatanatyam),
Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi), Anuradha Vikranth (Bharatanatyam),
Madhulita Mohapatra (Odissi), Shama Krishna (Kuchipudi),
Prateeksha Kashi (Kuchipudi), Manasa Joshi (Kathak) & Meghna Das (Odissi) presented the timeless tale of the divine love of Radha & Krishna, delightfully woven into a narrative thread that progresses as their relationship traverses through the flush of passion at initial union, jealousy, pride, annoyance, disappointment, anger, separation, reconciliation and their final reunion.
Kāvyarasawas very well received, loved & enjoyed by Bengaluru art lovers and we look forward to hosting this festival again in the future.