Performances at Konark Festival enchant audience with rhythmic portrayals of tales from the epics


Konark: After a packed opening witnessing performances in Odissi and Bharatnatyam on the first day, audience at the Konark Festival 2018 today were left enchanted by rhythmic portrayals of tales from the epics and the Bhakti movement, through a series of performances by a troupe from Chhattisgarh led by Smt. Yasmin Singh, an accomplished Kathak practitioner of the Raigarh School. The first rendition in Kathak was  The Divine Krushna depicting Lord Krishna’s Childhood activities adored by all the Gopis for Rasleela. The next recital was Shiv Om that described the culmination of the process of creation followed by Shakti Swaroopa, saluting Indian women power. The final presentation was Anubhuti, the Raigarh Kathak a unique form that emanated from the Raigarh Royal family. The second set of performances were of Odissi, led by Smt. Sharmila Biswas, a noted classical danseuse and Odissi choreographer. Odissi by the repertory Dancers of Odishi Vision and movement centre presented Darshan a four part production celebrating Lord Shiva creating Tandava and Parvati vreating Lasya. The second item was Kalashree depicting the beauty of Kalaa, the Art. followed by Shinagar and Ecstasy of celebration. The 2nd day started with ceremonial lamp by the RDC Central Division Mahendra Kumar Mallick, Odia Language, Literature and Culture Director Bijaya Kumar Nayak, Director & Spl. Secretary Tourism Odisha Archana Patnaik, Joint Director Tourism Utpal Kumar Pati, Secretary Odisha Sangeeta Natak Academy Dr. Bijaya Kumar Jena and Dr. Sangeeta Gosain and the programe was compeered by Dr. Mrutynjaya Rath and Dr. Sadhana Sribastav.

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