Classical Hindu dances enchant crowd

Ratikant narrating the tale of Shabari in his solo dance performance.

THE Srjan dance school from Bhubaneswar, India, left the audience spellbound with their splendid Hindu classical dance during the ‘Anugamanam — Odissi Style Of Dance’ concert.

At the event held at the Performing Arts Centre of Penang in Straits Quay, the dancers, led by guru Sri Ratikant Mohapatra, put on a mesmerising evening of dance and music.

In his solo performance, Ratikant narrated the tear-jerking ancient story of Ramayana featuring an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, called Shabari.

The tale depicts how Shabari had to wait throughout her old age for the Lord’s darshan (the act of beholding a deity, divine person, sacred object or natural spectacle).

The prayers of the elderly devotee were finally answered when Lord Rama appeared outside her home.

Unable to contain her excitement, Shabari immediately touched the Lord’s feet to obtain blessings.

She then brought fruits from her orchard to feed Lord Rama but before doing so, she tasted the fruits first to ensure that they were good.

Pleased with Shabari’s devotion, Lord Rama asked her what she wanted and she said moksha (liberation) which Lord Rama granted her.

The solo performance received thunderous applause at the end of the show which was organised by Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) Penang recently.

Besides Ratikant, there were also nine other talented dancers captivating the audience with their synchronised dance performances.

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