Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17:
Veteran Bollywood actor and eminent Bharatnatyam danseuse Dr Vyjayanthimala Bali would receive the prestigious Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Puraskar in recognition of her lifetime contributions to the Indian classical dance and Hindi cinema.
She would be conferred with the award at the 29th Konark Nrutya and Sangeet Mahotsav which will begin at the Natya Mandap near the Sun temple on 19 February and conclude on February 23, Sibashis Pradhan, chief organiser of the festival said in a press meet here today.
The dance, music and literary festival is being organised by the Konark Natya Mandap in association with Union Ministry of Culture, Odisha Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Culture, Odisha.
The festival, founded by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan 29 years ago, will showcase different classical dance styles prsented by artistes and troupes of international repute from across the country.
This year artists like Dr Kadri Gopalnath and group (Saxophone), Ganesh and Kumaresh (Violin Recital), Sridevi Nrithyalaya (Bharatnatyam), all from Chennai, Guru Dhaneswar Swain and Guru Sachidananda Das (Mardal Recital) of Odisha, Rabi Shankar Pradhan (Sitar Recital) from Cuttack, Rudrakshya Foundation (Odissi dance), Sambalpuri dance, Guru Gopal Chandra Panda (Odissi Vocal), Odisha, Chitresh Das, Kathak Institution (Kathak dance) from Mumbai, Malvika Pandit and Group (Haryani Folk dance) of Haryana, Dr Alekhya Punjala and group (Kuchipudi dance) of Hyderabad and Birabara Sahu and group (Gotipua dance) from Odisha will perform during these five-day festival, the festival organisers informed.
This year, Sahitya Utsav will be organised at the festival venue during day time on February 20 and 21.
On the concluding day of the festival, Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Foundation will confer Dr Vyjayantimala Bali with Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Lifetime Achievement Award which carries a citation and a cash award of Rs 1 lakh.
Besides, Guru Birabara Sahu will be conferred the Sanjukta Panigrahi Pratibha Samman that comprises a citation and Rs 25,000 cash.
The organiser said there will be no entry ticket but the foreigners will be charged Rs 200 per person and the dance and music shows are scheduled between 6 and 9 pm every day.