dance Maestro Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Every year on his deathanniversary his students from around the world get together in theirrespective cities and perform his choreographies to celebrate hiscreativity and life. I joined my wife Rohini who is also one of Guruji’ssenior students in Sunnyvale, California. The event was organized bySrjan (an organization headed by Guruji’s son Ratikant Mohapatra),Guru Shraddha, a Bay Area Odissi dance school run by NiharikaMohanty and Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose. Guruji’sstudents of all age groups from different parts of U.S. came togetherto celebrate the occasion.Right in the middle of the second number, Batu Nritya, the audiosystem failed and the speakers turned silent. The six dancers on thestage continued to dance in perfect synchronicity until the end in raptsilence.The next number was Pallavi, based on the raga Arabhi. The systemfailed again. There was a total silence in the auditorium. The girls didnot wink for a moment. They continued to dance. Several disciples ofGuru Kelucharan Mohapatra, including Sukanya Mukherjee(Maryland), Shraddha Balakrishnan (San Francisco), AparupaChatterjee (Houston), Mouli Pal (Boston), Enakshi Das Sinha(Windsor, Canada) and Rohini Dandavate (San Francisco), andSangeeta Rangala (Chicago) sitting in the front rows immediatelypicked up the notes and started singing the notes. The bols (notes),were in perfect synchronicity. Tears were rolling down their cheeks.