Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gudiya Sambhrama


With the aim of reviving the fading age old traditions and culture in contemporary society, the Heritage Trust conducts Gudiya Sambhrama, the Bangalore Temple Festival, across different temples in the city. Since its advent in 2010, this annual festival has emerged as one of the city's and probably South India's most innovative and energetic temple festivals.

Odissi Dance

The event organized across 22 heritage temples, a few of them thousands of years old, endeavors to reverberate the city with traditional dance, music, theatre, puppetry, story-telling and more with artists hailing from all over the country. Traditionally temples have not been limited to only religious activities; they had served as centers of communities for centuries, a platform for performing arts. Gudiya Sambhrama is an attempt to take the classical arts back to the temples and in the process reduce the ever growing chasm between today's generation and our rich culture.

Odishi Dance

I was lucky to catch the Odissi dance event organized at Sri Siddhivinayaka Devasthana in HSR Layout. All the dancers were from Sharmila Mukerjee's Sanjali Center for Odissi Dance institute in Bangalore. Sharmila Mukerjee, who learnt Odissi dance from the notable guru Kelu Charan Mahapatra, and her troupe kept the audience enthralled with their scintillating performances.

Odishi Dance

The event was special for me as Odissi dance originated from Odisha, my native state. Considered my many as the oldest surviving dance form of India, it is distinguished from other classical dance forms by the importance it places on the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis, the Tribhangi and the basic square stance known as Chouka which symbolizes Lord Jagannath. The dance is characterized by various stances, called Bhangas, which involve stamping of the foot and striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures.

Odissi Dance

103 comments:

  1. Your photos are marvelous. I hope the festival is successful in making young people more aware of and more appreciative of their rich heritage.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I hope so too. To tell the truth, I have never paid much attention to such classical dance performances before. Now, I am wondering how I could have been so blinded to such a beautiful art.

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  2. Lovely dancers, cheers Ramakant.

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  3. So nice to see the traditional dancers and costumes, beautiful pictures!

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    1. It was a much more beautiful sight in person. I wish I could have captured half the beauty in my pictures.

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  4. We all need to enjoy our traditions, and never forget them---and it appears as if you really did. The colors are fabulous---and I'm sure the dancers were excellent. Thanks for sharing.
    Betsy

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    1. I am slowly learning to :)
      There was a time I would have just let such an event go but this time, I really enjoyed the performances. It was an amazing experience. The dancers were fabulous.

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  5. I wish I could attend such a cultural festival. When I was in Bangalore life was so hectic that I was not able to. :(

    Thanks for sharing such vibrant and amazing shots!

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    1. There are quite a few such events regularly organized in the city. I heard of the Gudiya Sambhrama for the first time from a friend who's a very active Kannadiga, always active in all kinds of cultural events. But you are right, there's always some work or the other that vies for our attention and it becomes difficult to devote some time to such activities.

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  6. So beautiful and interesting. Your photos are just amazing! Thanks for these and thanks for your visit to my blog. :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. Hope to see more of you on my blog.

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  7. You have captured the essense of dance movements very well Ramakant. The bhavas and the postures are brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Anu. The dance was so beautiful, I will consider myself lucky if I have done half the justice the pictures deserve.

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  8. I have never seen Odissi dance. Maybe I did, in DD but I may not have recognized it. Interesting photos, hope to catch up with a video of Odissi dance, soon. Is this festival held around Bangalore or around Karnataka?

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    1. You can find plenty of videos on Youtube. It's a beautiful dance form. The festival is organized in Bangalore every year. The organizers hope to spread it to the whole of Karnataka someday, but it's still a distant dream.

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  9. Lovely post dude. Now I love Bangalore more.

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  10. Amazing photos. You were so lucky to attend the festival. It must have been extremely interesting to see it live.

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    1. Yes. It was a fantastic experience watching the performance unfold before my eyes. Thanks for dropping by.

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  11. What a wonderful festival to revive and preserve the age old traditions of our country that are slowly fading away. The pictures are lively and the synchronization of the performers absolutely perfect. I can imagine the hours of rehearsals that must be going into the performance, all towards a great cause.

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    1. I totally fell in love with the concept of the festival and attended a few more evenings. It's an amazing experience.

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  12. Ramakant, you have a great eye for photography and have a lovely blog! I have never seen this type of dance in person and can only imagine how beautiful it must be. It's wonderful to see such traditions honored by the new generations. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment!

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    1. Welcome to my blog! Nice to know you liked the blog. Hope to see more of you here.

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  13. This is something I would only ever have in my dreams, although to see it close up would be wonderful indeed. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and elegant dance with us. Have a wonderful day my young friend :)

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    1. You never never know. These days so many cultural exchange programs are organized, you may stumble upon it in Canada. You have a good day.

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  14. Your photos are so full of colour and vibrancy. I would loved to have seen these performers dance. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. Please keep visiting.

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  15. amazing photos! great captures.
    looks and sounds like a great festival.
    i really love india's great heritage. to say it better...i've always been fascinated by india and its ancient culture.
    it has been a lifelong dream of mine to visit india.

    plus: thank you so much for your wonderful comment.
    it is much appreciated:)

    i love your blog!

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    1. Thank you Betty :)
      Hope you get to visit India soon.

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  16. Lovely post....And that is the good thing about south Indian temples/ churches. They encourage you with preforming arts...wonderful pics. :)

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    1. Thank you Kshipra :)
      Yes, it was a lovely experience. But I think this trend has recently picked up in Bangalore.

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  17. The photographs are scintillating too, Ramakant.

    Nice to hear about the Gudiya Sambhrama; I've been a little out of touch with the cultural scene in Bengaluru.

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    1. That's a pat on the back :)
      I too am trying to get back into the groove back here. Plenty of exciting events happening all around.

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  18. Fantastic shots and an interesting post.

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  19. Nice post. Great photos. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you. Feels good to know that my work is giving happiness to someone.

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  20. That looks amazing, the costumes and the dancers. It must be even better in real life.

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    1. Yes it was electrifying in person. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Thanks for dropping by.

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  21. I love how you caught the different dance positions! I love dance forms everywhere, I sadly don't know if I'll make it there anytime soon but hope to see dances like this one day near here.

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    1. I hope you get to visit India sometime soon. Even in US, we have many such performances organized for classical dances from India which you can catch sometime. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. Wonderful photographs. Thank you for your visit today.

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    1. Happy that you liked your visit to my blog. Please keep visiting.

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  23. What an amazing experience this must have been. Your photos are wonderful. I hope you've had a good day. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Yes, it was truly an amazing experience. Thanks for the compliment. You have a great day!

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  24. Fabulous captures! Indian dances are not uncommon in our country and I love the glittery costumes and the meanings expressed in every dance move.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by. Good to know you have the opportunity to share in Indian cultural events in your country.

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  25. Estupendas imágenes...un abrazo desde Murcia

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  26. Beautiful shots of performance.

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  27. Great work Dude.. I never knew you have this much talent in photography.. I appreciate your devotion to our culture. I am really motivated.. All the best :-)

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    1. Good to know I have motivated you in some way :)
      Thanks for your well wishes!

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  28. such beautiful and colorful photos, what a great event.

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    1. Thanks Freya. It was a superb evening of classical dance. Thanks for dropping by.

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  29. wonderful dance images and colour. You have a similar post to mine - but mine is Spanish! I love seeing cultural dances.
    Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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    1. Yes. That was quite a coincidence. Hope to see you here more often.

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  30. You may watch the videos (particularly the second one) in my post 'An American Odyssey' dated 25.09.2012.

    You will surely like the Odissi dance by the American danseuse Sharon Lowe.

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    1. Thanks for the pointer. Will check it out.

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  31. Such fantastic colour, movement and drama in those dance photos! I do hope the festival succeeds in ensuring the traditional dance lives on!!

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  32. Great photos and costumes. Thanks for sharing.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  33. Since you interested in Odissi dance, you may watch the video in my post 'Dancing Without A Leg' dated 3.1.2012. It shows 555 Odissi dancers from all over the world dancing together at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. This feat received recognition in Guiness Book of World Records. It was a part of the International Odissi Dance Festival, 2011, organised at Bhubaneswar.

    You may also watch the videos in my posts 'Odissi Dance by Two Italians' dt. 20.09.2012 and 'Goddess of Odissi Dance' dt. 29.09.2012.

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    1. Will surely check them out sometime. Thanks for the pointers again.

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  34. Great captures. I was ignorant of many facts of this dance form.
    It was great reading this.

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    1. Good to know you good something new from the post. Thanks for stopping by.

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  35. Fabulous idea and fabulous pictures.This is what is required in India of today.Keep it up and go beyond the horizon in your pursuit.

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. Hope to see you here more often.

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  36. An Excellent Blogpost Relevant to the Topic. It really generates a new thinking pattern in the viewers. Please pursue with your Blogging Activities.
    Living In Wellbeing

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  37. odissi is one of the most elegant dance forms along with manipuri dance!!!....

    its one of my fav classical dance forms....you have captured the mudras of the dancers so well!!

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  38. Elegance depicted.
    Odisi is always a delight to watch. :)

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    1. Thank you. Hope you enjoyed the pictures :)

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  39. Well, well, I clik by chance and I turn to India. How beautiful ! have been 4 times to India. In that time I did'nt have numeric camera, but I have done thousand of pictures, Dias. From north to south. I is already long tine ego. Since I went to Brasilia, japan ( blog ) and others. but I will never forget india and all beauty I have seen there.

    Hello from Lausanne, Switzerland.

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    1. Nice to know you have so many good memories from your past visits. India is a lovely country with lots of places worth visiting and spending time. Hope you will be visiting India again soon :)

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  40. A commendable series that strives at preserving the fading culture. You have fetched some of the proceedings live to my terminal. Those are splendid exposures in what must be tricky lighting conditions. The postures have been excellently chosen and frozen in those frames.

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    1. Thanks a lot of the lovely words. It's always a pleasure reading your splendid observations :)

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    2. Thank you Krittika for the award.

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  42. Wonderful photographs! and a great share on the Odissi dance!

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    1. Thank you Soumya for the kind words. Nice of you to stop by.

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  43. Lovely shots of dance performance!

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    1. Thank you Kusum for the kind words! Nice of you to stop by.

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  44. Wow!
    You have a very nice blog.
    I hope that we will be visiting.
    I have a great favor to ask you. You can install TRASLATE!
    I send greetings from distant Polish.
    Lucia

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    1. Welcome to my blog :)
      I will intall a widget to enable translations. Thanks for pointing it out. Hope you had a good weekend :)

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  45. I love traditions and this performance looks like a very beautiful one.
    As always great photos !

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    1. The idea is quite innovative and the performances were stunning. Thanks for stopping by.

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