Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival – 2017

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Bhubaneswar:The 23rd edition of the annual Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival began with great enthusiasm and excitement with the art connoisseurs thronging to Rabindra Mandap here on Tuesday.

DAY 1: EKATATWA – A PURE DANCE OF ODISSI, KATHAK & BHARATNATYAM AND ENCHANTING RHYTHM OF FLUTE & VEENA JUGALBANDI

The first presentation in the inaugural evening was Ekatatwa. Ekatatwa is a common principle of through that strings together three dancers with three choreographers; Daksha Mashruwala, Uma Dogra and Vaibhav Arekar; and three classical dance styles namely Odissi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam.

The music director of the presentation was Shri Manoj Desai. The dancers-cum-choreogrpahers were marked by fluid grace, immaculate body movements with amazing precision and charming gestures and postures.

The second presentation of the evening was instrumental Jugalbandi of Flute by Annada Prasanna Pattanaik (popularly known as Butto) and Veena by Puspa Kashinath. They were accompanied in Tabla by Udayaraj Karpur.

DAY 2: SPELL-BINDING BHARATNATYAM PERFORMANCE AND ENCHANTING RHYTHM OF TABLA

The second evening of the festival was a beautiful blend of traditional repertoire and innovative compositions featuring eminent Bharatnatyam Dancer Navia Natarajan and eminent tablist Ojas Adhiya.

The first presentation of the evening was “Parashakti” by Navia Nataranjan. Her graceful and enchanting performance left the art lovers present in the auditorium spellbound.

The second presentation of the evening was Tabla recital by eminent tablist Ojas Adhiya. He mesmerized the art connoisseurs by his magical rhythm of fingers with a fine blend of Toda, Tukda, Tihyee, Chakradhar, Paran in Tin Tal with 16 beats. He was accompanied in Harmonium by Siddhesh Bicholkar.

DAY 3: A MUSICAL FUSION “SHIVAGNI”

The third evening of the festival witnessed a neo-classical music fusion performance “Shivagni”. The performing artistes were Satchidananda Das, Kulamani Sahoo, Srinibas Satapathy, Agnimitra Behera, Kshiti Prakash Mohapatra, Biswaranjan Nanda, Deba Ranjan Nayak, Ramesh Chandra Behera, Samir Ranjan Pradhan and Bikashita Sahu. This contemplative juxtaposition of rhythmic variations enthralled the audience.

DAY 4: KATHAK AND CARNATIC VOCAL

The fourth evening of the festival featured the mesmerizing performance of new age Kathak dancer Sanjukta Sinha and renowned Carnatic vocalists and violinists Ranjani Balasubramanian and Gayatri Balasubramanian.

The first presentation of the evening was by Sanjukta Sinha. Her graceful and enchanting performance left the art lovers present in the auditorium spellbound.

The second presentation of the evening was Carnatic Vocal by recital by renowned vocalists and violinists Ranjani Balasubramanian and Gayatri Balasubramanian. They were accompanied in Violin by H.M. Smitha and in Mridangam by K. Saigiridhar.

DAY 5: SPECIAL PRESENTATION by SRJAN – “MAHANAYAKA BIJAYANANDA”

The concluding evening of festival started with the customary award giving ceremony by the Guests.

This year the “NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017” was presented to Guru Dhruba Charan Biswal in the field of Dance and Smt. Shyamamani Devi in the field of Music.

“NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman 2017” presented to Sri Lingaraj Pradhan (Bhubaneswar) & Smt. Namrata Mehta (Mumbai) for Odissi dance, Smt. Jyotsna Jagannathan (Bangalore) for Bharatanatyam and Sri Jateen Kumar Sahoo (Mumbai) for Odissi music.

The artistes of Srjan presented an audio visual special presentation – “Mahanayaka Bijayananda”, a Odissi dance of the life and work of Sri Biju Pattnaik. A brave and dynamic leader of the masses, his magnetic personality and dedication shaped his destiny as a political luminary with a huge following. His raw courage and fearlessness in the face of adversity is the stuff of legend. Uncommonly kind and generous by nature, he readily shared the joys and sorrows of the people. His very name, “Bijayananda” (victorious in bringing joy) speaks eloquently of his many deeds aimed at spreading happiness among the common folk. Thus his name Bijayananda was vey apt. The production and the dance choreography were made by Ratikant Mohapatra. The music was by Laxmikant Palit, Script by Jaydev Das & Lyrics by Nityananda Misra. Encapsulate the choreography in varied aspects of the supreme hero (Mahanayaka) and a colossal personality of Biju Patnaik by the artistes from Srjan is mesmerized the audience till the end.

(Photograph contribution by Sitakanta Nanda and Nabinkumar Das)

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