Bhubaneswar: The 12th edition of the Guru Debaprasad Das Festival hosted by city-based Odissi dance institution Tridhara featuring eminent dancers from across the country, began at Rabindra Mandap, here on Thursday.
The three-day event is being hosted to pay tribute to Odissi doyen Debaprasad Das by his disciple Gajendra Panda, the director of Tridhara, which was founded by Das for the propagation of Odissi.
The 12th edition of the festival includes choreography as well as musical recitals and an award ceremony that will take place on the final day.
The inaugural evening began with the Odissi dance drama “Prahallad Bhakti Bijaya”, based on the Prahallad Natak of Ganjam by the artistes of Tridhara.
This was followed by Odissi vocal recital by Pt. Ramahari Das and Guru Bijaya Kumar Jena. They were accompanied by Guru Dhaneswar Swain on Mardala.
The second evening witnessed Bharatanatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan and Sattriya Nritya by Anita Sharma. This was followed by Flute recital by Pt. Ronu Majumdar. He will be accompanied by Pt. Prosenjit Poddar on Tabla.
The concluding evening witnessed solo Odissi performance by Ranjana Gauhar. This was followed by Group Odissi dance by Geethika Sree Sasikumar, Tan Mei Mei, Vickneswaran Gunasegar, Haren Loganathan of Sutra Dance Theatre, Malaysia.
Every year in fond memory of Guruji, the Guru Debaprasad Award is conferred on veteran gurus and dancers in the field and Indian classical dance. This year, the NALCO Guru Debaprasad Award for 2018 was conferred on Bidushi Sumina Okada (International Ballet Exponent – President, Sumina Okada Ballet Company, Japan, Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar (Odissi dance), Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee, Bidushi Anita Sharma (Sattriya nritya) and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Bidushi Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam).
Similarly, Guru Debaprasad Yuva Prativa Samman for 2018 was conferred on Ms. Chisato Miura (Youth Odissi Danseuse, Japan) and Ms. Geethika Sree Sasikumar (Youth Odissi Danseuse, Malaysia).