Bhubaneswar: The 14th edition of the three-day Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav hosted by Orissa Dance Academy (ODA) and Odisha Tourism in association with Art Vision (Bhubaneswar) that began at the foothills of Dhauli Peace Pagoda on Friday, concluded on Sunday.
The festival contains cultural multiplicity and a whole range of diverse stream of performing arts, be it classical, folk or martial. The festival is a unique confluence of more than 500 artistes belonging to various art forms of Indian dance tradition and it celebrates “unity in diversity”.
Instrumental music fusion by Shivagni, Bhubaneswar captivated the music lovers present during the inaugural evening of the festival.
Manipuri Dance by Priti Patel and group and Chhau Martial Arts by Subhashree Mukherjee and group were other attractions on the inaugural evening.
The second evening witnessed poem recitation by renowned academician and poet Devdas Chhotray. Besides, Bharatnatyam by Leela Samson and group and ‘Mu Buxi’ story depicted through Odisha’s traditional martial art ‘Mallakhamb’- Paika Sahi Jaatra by Gyana Ranjan Mohanty and troupe were other added attractions.
The event concluded with Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi and contemporary dance performances on the final evening of the festival.
During the festival, ‘Buddha Samman’ was conferred on Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh, for her lifetime contribution to dance.
This Samman carries a citation and cash award of Rs. 1,00,000.
Besides, the prestigious Gangadhar Pradhan Smruti Samman was conferred on four eminent personalities of the different fields. They are Dr S. K. Tamotia, Atulya Mahakud, Dhaneswar Swain and Bhagirathi Das. Each of them received a cash award of Rs 25,000 and a citation.