Konark: Five-day-long Annual Konark Festival of classical dance commenced in a traditional note with lighting the lamp by Hon’ble Governor, Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Minister Tourism Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Minister Sports and Youth Affairs Tusar Kanti Behera, Chairman OTDC-Srimayee Mishra, Secretary Tourism-Vishal Kumar Dev, Director Tourism Sachin Rama Chandra Yadhav, Chairman Zilla Parisad-Jyotirmaya Dalei, Collector Puri Balwant Singh and S.P. Puri Umashankar Dash. The formal inauguration was followed by classical Odissi and Kathak dance recital.
Srjan came up with “Vande Suryam” a prayer to the Sun God the presiding deity of ‘Arka Kshetra, Konark. Then the pure dance Pallavi, set to Rag Hansadhwani was staged followed by a choreography on ‘Devi-Bhagabati’s various facets. The concluding item of Srjan was ‘Vande Mataram’ on the composition of Bankim Chandra Chatopadhyaya. Guru Shama Bhate and troupe presented Orision to the Sun God in the choreography ‘Surya Vandana’ in Kathak. It was followed by ‘Thal Roopak’ in 7 beats under the pure dance recital. The next composition was Kaliya Mardan – an enactment of Krishna’s Childhood activity, full of miracles and divine dispersion. Then ‘Thal Teentaal’ in Drutlaya was recited in Kathak ensemble followed by Chaturang’ in Raag-Kedar amalgamating four componenets of Kathak- tarana, sargam, Sahitya and nrittabols. The concluding item was ‘Baje Mruliya Baje’ and choreography on the devotional song relating Krishna’s Spell on Radha.