Bhubaneswar: The Open Air Auditorium in Konark witnessed enchanting choreographies in Sattriya and social awareness on Harmony which made the audience stand fixed. Renowned Sattriya exponent Dr. Anwesa Mahanta started with Gayan Bayan followed by Vandana and Ramdani which marked invocatory submission to Lord Jagannath. The other recital in Sattriya was Bhagabata Dasha Lakshana based on Srimad Bhagabat, the spiritual text.
The tenets of Bhakti got vivid illustration in the choreography. The rendition created a serene and scintillating ambience paving way for Odissi recital. Dr. Illeana Citaristi came up with a new choreography, Refugee which attempted to bridge the gap between the world of artistic expression and the grim social reality of the world. The concluding item in Odissi was Ganga Yamuna based on the Sanskrit treatise Raghuvansa of Poet Kalidas The two different string of blue sapphires and white pearls of Ganga and Yamuna present a garland of white lotus with blue lilies interspersed in. The poetic imagination relating to Ganga-Yamuna got meaning fully exhibited by Artistes of Art Vision. The evening’s programme got commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Hon’ble Chief Justice Odisha High Court Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, Chairman State Finance Commission, R. N. Senapati, Chief Temple Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra in the presence of Jt. Director Tourism Utpal Kumar Pati, Dr. Bijaya Kumar Jena and Dr. Sangeeta Gosain. With the compering of Dr. Mrutyunjaya Rath and Dr. Sadhana Sribastav, the evening’s programme was co-ordinated by Dr. Ratikanta Pattanaik, Bijay Kumar Jena, Susant Kumar Panigrahi and Bishnu Prasad Singh. The International Sand Art Festival in the Sea Beach of Chandrabhaga on the theme Women Empowerment pulled the crowd in the evening.