Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana, a non-profit charitable trust registered at Puducherry is committed to the rediscovery of the eternal appeal of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda through various facets of the cultural heritage of India. The vision and mission of the Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana include preparation of authentic text, interpretations in literary forms, music, dance, other performing arts and plastic arts.
Sampoorna Geetagovinda, Audio CD Set
‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’, a set of five Audio CDs, as comprising vocal rendition of all the twenty four songs and seventy two slokas of Jayadeva’s classic was released by SAREGAMA in 2008 was the first of the cultural products brought out by the Trust. The new music composition for the Audio CD set by Dr Subas Pani with a distinctive flavor of the regional musical traditions of Odisha follows the authentic text prepared with reference to several Tika or commentaries, translations and independent research by the author as well as his interpretation of the work representing his almost half a century long tryst with Geetagovinda and decades of study of Jayadeva, Jagannatha and the cultural heritage of Odisha.
Ashtapadi, A Festival of Dance
In the second phase Geetagovinda Pratisthana presented new choreography of the entire Geetagovinda in Odissi dance in solo, duet and group performances at Delhi in two editions of Ashtapadi, a dedicated festival presenting dance choreography of songs of Geetagovinda. The new choreography in Odissi is based on adaptation of the original music composition of Dr Subas Pani for ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’. The first edition in 2010 was part of the prestigious ‘Delhi Celebrates’ held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth games and the second edition was presented in 2011. Renowned Odissi Guru late Shri Gangadhar Pradhan and senior dancer-choreographers Aruna Mohanty, Sharmila Biswas and Meera Das in creative collaboration with Dr Pani have choreographed all the twenty four songs in Odissi dance in solo, duet and group formats. Dr Subas Pani has conceived and curated this unique festival that showcased dance interpretation of Geetagovinda in other classical forms in its third edition in 2013.
Sampoorna Geetagovinda, the Book
In the third phase the Trust is bringing out a comprehensive publication on Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda. This Odia book ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’ provides a critical edition of authentic text of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda with variant readings, anvaya, word by word meanings and a prose translation along with a comprehensive introduction and includes complete musical notations of all songs and slokas of Jayadeva’s Sanskrit classic as interpreted in the new music composition of the same name.
In celebration of devarpan & lokarpan of Odia book ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’ by Dr Subas Pani, Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana is presenting two complementary festivals Ashtapadi & Sampoorna Geetagovinda at Bhubaneswar from 12th through 16th September, 2014. These back to back complementary festivals of performing arts feature Odissi dance recitals and vocal renditions of all twenty four songs of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda in solo, duet and group formats in new choreography and music composition. While the Ashtapadi Festival presents new choreography of all the twenty four songs in Odissi from 12th thru 14th of September 2014 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, the Sampoorna Geetagovinda Festival presents vocal renditions of these on 15th and 16th of September 2014 at Jayadev Bhavan, Bhubaneswar.
This will be the first ever stage performance of all twenty four prabandhas, geetas or songs of Geetagovinda in entirety covering all the padas or stanzas. The vocal rendition will follow the music composition of Dr Subas Pani for ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’, a set of five Audio CDs released in 2008. Four senior Odissi Gurus will present these songs with their students and colleagues, specially trained for this festival. The two day festival will have four sessions, two each evening and each session of approximately one hour will feature six songs in vocal music.
Geetagovinda Prtisthana is collaborating with Utkal University of Culture, Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and Guru Kelu Charan Mahapatra Odissi Research Centre for to present this unique festival. Odissi Sangeeta Guru Sukanta Kumar Kundu, Guru Shri Keshab Rout, Guru Shri Bijaya Kumar Jena and Guru Sushree Sangeeta Gosain will present six songs each with their students and other artistes in solo, duet and group formats. The festival will feature gurus along with senior, experienced, young and a few very young artistes.
Geetagovinda Pratisthana hopes to provide a complete aesthetic experience of Geetagovinda in performing arts through this unique and first of its kind cultural event in the country with these back to back festivals.
The Trust has plans to prepare comprehensive interpretations of the Text of Geetagovinda based on the cultural heritage of India and especially the regional traditions of Odisha. It plans to make accessible original cultural resources those will provide better and complete appreciation of this classic.