Konark: The five day-long Konark Festival in the open-air Auditorium with the majestic Sun Temple at the backdrop come to a close. The valedictory evening witnessed the touching Mohiniattam in its rejuvenated form. Renowned exponent Dr. Kanak Rele’s disciples in Nalanda Dance Research Centre presented superb choreography which started with invocatory Ganapati Prayer.
It was followed by Ritu Duruva, presenting the cycle of seasons based on Natya Sastra. The next recital was Chandan Charichita, the famous Asthapadi from Geeta Govinda. The concluding piece was Jeeva set to ecstatic choreographic pattern. The dance drama in Odissi Ripu Parinama was staged to the appreciation of one and all. The choreography depicted six enemies of human beings namely Kama-Lust, Krodha-Anger, Lobha-Avarice, Moha-attachment, Mada-Pride, Mascharya-Jealousy which made the great kings of the mythology face their doom.
Dr. Mrutyunjaya Rath and Dr. Sadhana Shribastav compered the programme supported by the officers of Tourism & OSNA. The evening’s programme started after the ceremonial lamp lighting by A.C.S-Gagan Dahala, G.M., East Coast Railway-Umesh Singh, Principal Secretary, Tourism-Dr. Mona Sharma, Former Bureaucrat-Ashok Kumar Tripathy and Director Tourism, Dr. Nitin Bhanudas Jawale. The International Sand Art Festival is also declared closed and the artists from the Country and abroad were felicitated by the Guests.