Bhubaneswar ,14/1 ( Odisha Samachar Bureau) – The 3-day Odissi dance festival featuring eminent dancers from across the country having their Solo, Duet and Group format got off to an enchanting and exciting start with the unspoilt and magnificent 10th century AD Mukteswar Temple at the back.
The evening’s programme started in the presence of dignitaries like Shri Rabindra Singh, Union Secretary, Culture, Government of India; Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble MLA Ekamra Bhubaneswar; Shri S. P. Thakur, Principal Secretary, Tourism; Shri Susil Kumar Das, Director, Culture.
The shavite shrine was filled with spritual fervour with the soulful recitation of Shiva Tandav Stotra invoking the blessing of the Lord Shiva by the choir represented by the students of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar. The music of the chorus was composed by noted Odissi Singer Dr. Sangeeta Gosain.
Second programme was Solo Odissi dance recital by Internationally acclaimed Odissi danseuse Guru Aruna Mohanty. In her first presentation was Rudra Mangala, three form of Lord Shiva Rudra Mahakala and Nataraja. Her next item was Bhumi Suta set to Rag-Raga Malika and Tala-Tala Malika. The dance was choreographed by herself Guru Aruna Mohanty and music composition was by Guru Bijaya Kumar Barik and Shri Rupak Kumar Parida.
In duet the talented dancer Puspa Panda & Lopamudra Jena started with a Desh Pallavi set to Rag Desh and Tala Roopak followed by a Abhinaya Sajanilo Chahna Bare Nayana Pheri. In this item, the Gopis are describing Lord Krishna in his leela or play, in various tales such as Kalia Damana, Bakasura Bandha and his playful and joyful moments with the adoring Gopis.
The concluding item of this evening was a Group Odissi presentation by Nupur, Bhubaneswar. There first presentation was Mangalacharan followed by Naranayan Struti. Concluding item of the evening was Khamaj Pallavi and Abhinaya Aahe siva gouri tume na dela dekha.