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Consummate Danseuse

Updated: January 23, 2010 11:09 am

Creativity takes courage and Kavita Dwibedi has it immensely. This can be substantiated by those who have watched her spell-bound, mesmerising performances, she has really worked hard to get mastery in Odissi dance. One really cannot take one’s eyes off of her when she performs. Always attired perfectly, there is always a message in each of her performances—be it Jayadev’s Dashaavatar or Mangalachara. Her elegant moves, expressive eyes, superb body movements, and flexible footwork make her one of the leading exponents of Odissi dance around the globe. In this age of pop culture, Kavita’s list of schedules is full for at least one year. She, therefore, hardly finds any time to spare for her little kid Nandan or journalist husband Kishore Dwibedi. Love marriage has its own merit, so Kavita does not hesitate to give credit to Mr Dwibedi for her success, whom she married 20 years back.

Hailed from a poor family in Orissa, Kavita is now a well-known, celebrated classical dancer in India and abroad. She has founded Odissi Akademi in Delhi to promote the rich cultural heritage of Orissa. “Odissi classical dance style, originating from the eastern state of Orissa, traces its roots back to the 2nd century BC. It is one of the most graceful and lyrical classical Indian dance styles. It combines energetic footwork, hand movements (mudras), facial expressions (abhinaya) and calmness,” reveals Kavita Dwibedi while talking to Uday India in New Delhi.

Being the daughter of Odissi maestro Guru Hare Krishna Behera, Kavita has been blessed with this talent since her birth. Her father is one those dancers who introduced Odissi dance to Delhi. Following in her father’s footsteps, Kavita has been creating a finer understanding of Odissi dance among the audiences before whom she performs. The forte of her dance style has, however, been her choreographies based on the traditional Chhand music of Orissa. She still performs under her father’s guidance. “I and my father still share a relation of guru-shishya parampara,” says Kavita.

            A dancer of vision and versatility, Kavita gave her first performance at the age of 12 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Delhi. “That performance encouraged me to further improvise on my dancing skills. The reward for all the hard work paid off when I was honoured with junior and national scholarships by the government. I got an overwhelming response. I always believe that practice makes a person perfect, I did my solo performance at the age of 20, though, I have been learning Odissi dance since I was eight years old,” points out Kavita.

            Stating that she gets inspired by each and everything thing around her, she says: “I get my inspiration from my father, juniors, seniors, nature, in fact everything around me, and how can I forget mentioning the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, who is, undoubtedly, a legend.” Remembering the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she says, “Since Guruji had imparted the Odissi dance to many of his students, they are now promoting and disseminating this rich dance form in various parts of the country.”

            Kavita is soon going to perform for SPIC MACAY in Kerala and thereafter she will perform in Dubai.

By Vaishali Tanwar

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