Odisha Tourism organized a 3-day Mukteswar Dance Festival from the 14th to the 16th January, 2014. It was organized in the precincts of Mukteswar Temple near the famous Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar. This temple was built in 970 by King Jajati Keshari. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The unique feature of this temple is its decorated torana archway. This is detached portal consisting of two pillars supporting an arch within a semi-circular shaped pediment. The decoration of the arch, with languorously reclining females and bands of delicate scroll work, is the most striking feature.
I attended the programme. During this, famous dancers and danseuses presented solo, duet and group Odissi dances. One important item of the programme was a solo Odissi dance by Jhelum Paranjape from Mumbai. She is a famous dancer, teacher and choreographer of Odissi dance. She had perfected her dancing skills under the tutelage of the legendary Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra. She has set up in Mumbai an institute of Odissi dance, ‘Smitalaya’, named after her friend and famous film actress Smita Patil.
Jhelum has made experiments and innovations in the traditional Odissi dance form. She presented the ancient Leelavati Sutra of Mathematics in Odissi dance.
Here is a sample of her skill in Odissi dance.