Bhubaneswar: The 11th edition of Barabati Dance Festival kicked off on Tuesday evening with a colourful opening ceremony.

On the first evening of the ceremony, members of Rose Tree Dance Group presented Nuakhai Vetghat. The dance performance was directed by Mr. Gyanaranjan Nayak.

Likewise, Sucharita Sharma and her group presented Manipuri and Bharatnatyam.

On this occasion, veteran Odissi dancer, Snehaprava Samantray was conferred with Guru Dhirendra Nath Patnaik Samman.

Mr. Amiya Kumar Patnaik, Vice-chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, CMC Commissioner, Rabi Narayan Nanda, Odissi Dancer Sangeeta Mahapatra graced the occasion.