Bhubaneswar: The setting was mesmerizing with open skies and the cool evening breeze. Mukteswar Dance Festival, a major cultural event of the capital city of Bhubaneswar, has just concluded on January 16, 2020. Held at Mukteswar Temple, this festival started on 14th January and as usual, was organized by the tourism department of the state. In this festival, the dancers performed in the open and as one got enthralled by their performances, one was reminded of the glorious past cultural heritage of the state that has been carried till today by the temples. Singer Prafulla Kar, dancers Sangeeta Das, Lima Bhoi, Parvati Dutta, Pallavi Das and Suraj Sahu and others performed in this year’s event.
Started in the year 1984, this event is being held continuously every year from the year 2004 onwards. The dances that this event showcase is based on the Odissi dance form, which is immensely popular today all over the world for its graceful movements and high spiritual content. Over the years, this event has been graced by famous dance personalities like Aruna Mohanty, Sujata Mohapatra, Ratikant Mohapatra among others.