Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism marked the opening month of the year with the Mukteswar Dance Festival set against the iconic temple.
The festival was declared open with Odisha Tourism’s Commissioner-cum-secretary Shri Vishal Kumar Dev lighting the lamp. The venue was a marvel to look at with trees adorned with Pipili’s lantern.
The first act was the chorus Shiva Vandana performed by GKCM ORC from Bhubaneswar followed by the solo Odissi performance by Surupa Sen from Bangalore.
Both the acts enthralled the packed audience which consisted of both national and foreign nationals. The art and music connoisseurs who congregated at the event were mesmerized by the flawless display of music and dance.
The utter naturalness of the Odissi duet performance by dancers Rajiv Bhattacharya and Subikash Mukherjee from Kolkata was a feast to the eyes as the pair came repeatedly rushing forward to the edge of the stage and enacted scenes from the Mahabharata.
In the end, the Odissi group performance by Pravat Kumar Swain and group (Nrutya Naibedya) demonstrated graceful synergy in the dance movements and a remarkable lightness of execution.
The event was telecasted live on DD.