Bhubaneswar: The three-day annual Mukteswar Dance Festival organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha to celebrate the Odissi dance form and the State’s culture began at the premises of the Mukteswar Temple in Bhubaneswar on Monday.
The festival features one solo performance followed by a duet and ends with a group presentation every evening.
The festival started with a Shiva Vandana by the students of the Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar.
This was followed by a solo recital by acclaimed dancer Sujata Mohapatra.
Following the solo recital was a duet presentation by Rajiv Bhattacharya & Subikash Mukherjee from Kolkata.
Group performance by the artistes of Nrutya Naivedya, Bhubaneswar was the final presentation of the first evening.
The second evening started with Shiva Vandana by Rupak Kumar Parida along with his group invoking the blessing of Lord Shiva “Shivanamabalyashtakam”.
This was followed by a solo concert by Lingaraj Pradhan. His first item was ‘Pallavi’ Raga-Ananda Vairabi followed by “Sri Rudrashtakam”.
The second item was duet performed by Lipsa Satpathy and Y. Asha Kumari of New Delhi who presented Pallavi Rag-Debagandhari and Tal-Jati followed by Abhinaya “Nabarasa”.
The concluding item of the second evening was a group performance presented by Gurukul, Sutapa Talukdar & Group. The group started with Gajanan Bandana followed by Pallavi. Their next presentation was Abhinaya “Nari” and the last item was “Basanta”.
The concluding evening of the festival began with a high note Shiv Vandana performed by Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.
Later Odissi danseuse Janhabi Behera took over the stage and charmed the audience with her graceful movements in her solo performance.
The duet Odissi performance by Tapan Kumar Sahoo and Bidya
Biswajita made for a joyous performance with sculpturesque poses and
a series of vigorous footwork.
The event concluded with dancers from Gunjan Dance Academy Meera
Das and Group elevating the enthralling experience of the evening. The
performance could be interpreted as poetry in motion and demonstrated a ritualistic choreography.
Apart from the usual art and dance connoisseurs, foreign nationals from countries like Japan, Russia, China, Brazil, Germany among others graced the concluding evening of the festival.