Bhubaneswar: Showcasing several stars and stalwarts of the nation from various fields of Indian performing art traditions, a five-day festival of music, dance, drama, theater, folk arts, puppetry, tribal arts and allied arts called “Shreshtha Bharat Sanskriti Samagam” kicked off at the Rabindra Mandap and Bhanja Kala Mandap in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
The event is being hosted by the Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s national academy for performing arts under the Ministry of Culture with support of the Odisha Government. The event will host many well-known legendary artists and young artists of the country who will enlighten the audience with the various nuances of their arts.
The morning sessions, are dedicated to seminars on various forms of arts including theater, music and dance every day at Bhanjakala Mandap. Eminent scholars, artistes and researchers from different parts of the country take part in the seminars. The evening sessions are followed by live performance at Rabindra Mandap.
The first day of the seminar was devoted to music and the following days will focus on dance, drama, folk and tribal arts and would conclude with puppetry and allied traditions. The sessions would encourage interactions among the speakers, artistes and audience.
In the second part of the day on Thursday, Hindi play “Chanakya” directed by Manoj Joshi was staged at Rabindra Mandap.
On the fourth day of the event on Friday, in the second part of the day, Anup Ranjan Pandey and Group, Chhattisgarh Bastar Band staged folk instrumental ensemble of Chhattisgarh.
This was followed by Bihu Dance by Ranjit Gogoi and Group from Assam.
The concluding presentation of the fourth day was Hindi Play Tumhara Vincent staged by the artistes of Rang Kalp, from Andhra Pradesh. The play was directed by Satyabrata Rout.