Bhubaneswar: Noted Odissi Danseuse Sanchita Bhattacharya would be conferred with the prestigious Mahari Award for this year at the 24th edition of the three-day Guru Pankaj Utsav, that will begin at Rabindra Mandap here on March 17.
The Mahari Award is one and exclusive award in the field of Odissi dance given to a dancer of national and international repute. It is instituted by Adi Guru of Odissi dance Late Pankaj Charan Das.
The award carries cash prize of Rs. 50,000 a citation and memento.
Apart from this, Guru Niranjan Biswal of Bhubaneswar, Smt. Harapriya Swain of Bhubaneswar, Amrita Das of Burdwan, West Bengal and Guru Bijay Kumar Barik of Bhubaneswar, will be felicitated with Binakara, Gauni Samprada, Sashimani Nachuni Samprada Samman and Madeli titles respectively for their outstanding contribution in the fields of Odissi music composition and direction, Odissi music, Odissi dance and Odissi Mardala respectively.
The dance festival, would be organised on the occasion of the 99th birth anniversary of Adi Guru Pankaj Charan Das.
The three-day long National dance festival which is one of the vital platform for the solo dancers to exhibit their talent and skills will witness the performance of several well known dancers including Dr. Ratna Roy, Atrayee Dutta, Chirasrota Khuntia, Srijita Sanyal, Douglas Ridings, Akankshya Kumari, Moria Chappell, Chirasri Roy, Shally Srivastava, Gouri Sankar Tripathy, Bharati Mishra, Rasika Gumaste, Paridhi Joshi, Tapan Kumar Sahoo.
Dr. Ratna Roy will be conferred with the Adi Guru Pankaj Charan Das Parampara Sanman 2018, during the dance festival.