Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 5:
Renowned Odissi danseuse Madhusmita Mohanty would be conferred with the prestigious Mahari Samman for the year 2014. The award would be conferred on her at the Guru Pankaj Utsav at Rabindra Mandap on March 17.
Besides, four eminent artistes— Guru Bankim Sethy (New Delhi), Guru Prafulla Mangaraj (New Delhi), Dr Shukla Bandopadhyay (Kolkata) and eminent classical singer Lata Ghosh— would also be felicitated with ‘Binakar Samman’, ‘Madeli Samman’, ‘Nachuni Samprada Samman’ and ‘Gauni Samprada Samman’ respectively for their lifelong contribution to Odissi dance, song and music.
The four-day dance festival, beginning from March 15, would be jointly organised by the state Culture department and Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre on the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of Guru Pankaj Charan Das.
Several well-known dancers from and outside Odisha would perform at the festival.