By Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak
A very unique dance and music demonstration was staged last evening in the State Information Center presently known as Jay Dev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
Guru Sadashiv Maharana and his troop demonstrated “Ghuduki Vadya” with accompanying songs and dance under the ‘Pratyavarttana’ ((revival) program of Devadasi Dance Academy.
The Academy has been trying since 2011 to revive the almost extinct musical instruments with related Loka Nrutyas (folk dances) Loka Gitas (folk songs) of Orissa. The program had begun with Devadasi Nrutya in 2011. In 2012, it was a demonstration of indigenous string instrument ‘Kendara’. Similarly, in 2013, Kandhei Nacha was demonstrated. When last year’s item was ‘Mogal Tamasa’ , it was ‘Ghuduki’ this year.
Sri Maharana elaborated how the string of ‘Ghuduki’ attached to a seasoned hide of an iguana laminated on one side of a wooden cylinder produces melodious rhythms provoked by the artist who repeatedly strikes the string with a ring made of a scale of pangolin.
The ‘Ghuduki’ owes its origin to ‘Patara Saura’, a sect of ancient Oriya tribes, Maharana said.