Bhubaneswar: A Jugal Bandi (Duet) Odishi and Chau style of dance and drama presented on the theme Ashoka- Devanam Priya Priyadarshi conceptualised on two important principle of all contemporary forms of governance ‘welfare of all’ and ‘inclusiveness’ enthralled the classical dance lovers.
The Odissi dance exponent Kabita Mohanty and renowned Chau Dancer Rakesh Sai Babu left the audience spellbound with a superlative performance in programme organized by North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture.
The dance-drama followed the Odishi style of dance and music. It was narrated through the voice of the ‘Shilalipi’ or stone inscription constructed on the foothills of Dhauli on the banks of river Daya near Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The script was narrated by Dr. Sujit Kumar Pruseth. The artistic and creative adoption of the theme of the dance-drama was done by Odishi dance exponent Guru KabitaMohanty.
The journey of the concepts’ welfare of all’ and inclusiveness as guiding principles in a written format can be traced back to the era of King Ashoka in the aftermath of the Kalinga war. The destruction, deaths, pains, sufferings and heartbreaking wailing of bereaved of the Kalinga war had cast a tremendous impact on the war-mongering King Ashoka. Subsequently, Ashoka transformed into a benevolent monarch from a war-loving king. His good works earned him the name of Devanam Priya Priyadarshi which was artistically presented through this dance drama at a national forum.