‘The single performance that seemed the truest revelation of dance itself came in the Indian form of Odissi...Ms. Mehrotra’s excerpt from “Hamsadhwani Pallavi” was an unbroken stream of variety. Hardly had she begun than her sharp but full-bodied contrast between facing front and facing side was one delight. A continual pleasure was the range of fingerings in gesture...This is dance as sustained dramatic monologue, wholly poetic.
Shipra Avantica Mehrotra, a rising star in Odissi, mesmerized the audience with her graceful Odissi movements and her exquisite depiction of Sita’s abduction by Ravana. Delicately showing the drops of rain in “Barsaa Vishaara”...she flawlessly moved from one pose to the other like a statue come to life.