Ustad Zakir Hussain
Ustad Zakir Hussain
Bhubaneswar: The 27th Annual Konark Festival, hosted by Konark Natya Mandap will commence from February 19.

This festival has established its own unique identity in the sense that eminent artistes of national and international repute participate and perform in this festival.

Several celebrated musicians like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Hindustani violin exponent N Rajam, Hindustani vocalist Sumitra Guha, Mridamgam player Yella Venkateswar Rao and Odissi vocalist Damodar Rao will participate in this year’s festival.

The festival will also feature group dance performance by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Foundation and Chitralekha Dance Creations, Bhangra by Mumbai-based Maujpunjabi Troupe and Gotipua by Konark Natya Mandap.

The festival will also feature solo dance performances in Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi. The special attraction of this years festival will be the folk dance of Sri Lanka and Diya dance by the artistes of Rama Natya Niketan, Andhra Pradesh.

On the valedictory function of the festival the 2nd Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred on tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain.

The award consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation.

The festival will conclude on February 23.