Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhauli/ Bhubaneswar, Feb 15:
Madhu Murchhana, a mesmerizing flute recital set to Rag Vairagi, rendered by the young and talented flutist Srinivas Satapathy and his group amid the enchanting ambience of Dhauli , marked the beginning of the 10th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav jointly organised by the state department of Tourism and Orissa Dance Akademy on Saturday evening.
This was followed by an Odissi dance performance by the students of Utkal Sanget Mahavidyalya, Bhubaneswar. The number started with an invocatory piece Bishweswar Vandana in honour of Lord Shiva set to Rag Madhyamadi and Tal-Ektali followed by a Pallavi on same tal and rag. The concluding item presented by the group was Dikshya, an Odissi ballet depicting the transformation of Chandashoka into Dharmashoka at the foothill of Dhauli Shanti Stupa.
The last recital of the evening was a delightful display of Manipur’s famous martial dance form Thanga-Ta, presented by the students of Anjika, Kolkata, led by Priti Patel.
The annual dance and music festival aims at the promotion and popularization of Odisha’s rich cultural heritage at both national and international levels while showcasing the best of Indian classical and folk forms presented by the finest practitioners from concerned disciplines.
The director of Ruchi Masala Shri Arabinda Sahoo presented Ruchi Buddha Samman to Guru Maguni Kuanr, eminent puppeteer for his outstanding contribution to the Indian ‘rod puppetry’.
Among the dignitaries who graced the inaugural event include Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Tourism & Culture Dr Arvinda Kumar Padhee, eminent danseuse and former Principal, Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Dr. Minati Mishra, Director, Tourism , Manoranjan Patnaik, Director, Ruchi Masala Arabinda Sahoo, and eminent Odissi dancer Guru Aruna Mohanty.
The programme was compered by Smt. Sangita Gosain and Er. Srinivas Ghatuari.