Bhavantarana (1991) – Documentary


Kelucharan Mohapatra
Sanyukta Panigrahi


Kumar Shahani


Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra is one of the greatest exponents of the classical
dance form of Odissi. Like most highly evolved forms of art, Odissi dance draws
from the energy of sculpture, painting, literature and its precedent dance forms.
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was born in 1926 in Raghurajpur, a village in Orissa. He has dedicated his life to refining the dance form by chiselling out an elegant structural niche for it – in all that is sacred in art. Through a series of performances, poetry and excerpts from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s life, the film travels back to a time in India where dance was looked upon as a form of prayer. During this beautiful period, dance was not looked considered feminine, when men were also keen patrons and teachers of dance. However, as times have changed, women have gradually taken over this art form.

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