Bhubaneswar: Ratan Thiyam, the doyen of theatre was awarded Bharat Muni Samman for the year 2011 on the concluding ceremony of the two-day festival held at Rabindra Mandap.

Sources said the fourth Bharat Muni Festival was hosted by the city based Odissi dance institution Kalingayana Touryatrikam.

It is noteworthy to mention that the festival that concluded on Friday, showcased a kaleidoscope of performance by Odissi exponent Kukkum Mohanty, Sujata Mishra, Guwahati-based gifted Sattriya dancer Meernanda Barthakur and saxophonist and composer George Brooks.