Odissi and Kuchipudi Stole the show in Konark Utsav

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Konark: The third evening of Konark Utsav organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha witnessed the delineation of bravura piece of choreographies in Odissi and Kuchipudi. In the first phase the artistes of Sutra Foundation, Malayasia led by Guru Ramli Ibrahim came up with a unique choreography entitled Ganjam. The dance composition included Mangalacharan, Laxmi-Narasimha stutee taken from Prahallad Natak of Ganjam. The next item was Sthai, depicting the artistic postures found in the temple walls which was based on Sakhi Nata tradition of Ganjam. The next recital was Rama Bhajan prayer to lord Rama taken from the narratives of Daskathia, another popular folk art form of Gajnam. The Odissi choreography got concluded with Yogini-Mokhshya, the creation of yoginis from the yogic power of Lord Siva. The evening’s other attraction was classical Kuchipudi presented Vanashree Rao from Rasa united New Delhi. The artistes enthralled the audience with Ananda Tandav followed by Mahisasura Mardini, Pure dance Tillana and a prayer dance dedicated to lord Siva and Krishna. The evening’s programme commenced after lighting of the lamp by M.L.A. , Cuttack Debasis Samantray, Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan, former administrator Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, Dr. Sanjeeb Chandra Hota and Director Tourism Nitin Bhanudas Jawale. The compeering of Dr. Sadhana Srivastav and Dr. Mrutyunjay Rath added a flavour to the programme which was assisted by Secretary OSNA Padip Mishra, Dr. Sangita Gosain, Sri Utpal Pati, Ratikanta Pattanaik, P. K. Chand and S.K. Panigrahi. The morning session today witnessed literary meet in the premises of Open-Air stage organized with Konark Sahitya Sansad. In the golden beach of Chandrabhaga, the Sand Art Festival marked tremendous congregation of art-lovers and critics.

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