Bhubaneswar, 6/10 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : The 12th edition of Kumar Utsav, a two days festival of dance and music organised by Utkal Dance & Research Academy (UDRA) was inaugurated at Rabindra Mandap by Former DG of Police Sarat Chandra Mishra, Former IPS Officer Batakrushna Tripathy, Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra and Advisor of UDRA Annapurna Das here on Monday.
On the occasion, Guru Sahadev Padhi Memorial Award was presented to eminent musician Guru Ramachandra Mohanty.
Kumar Utsav, an annual dance festival presented by UDRA is being organised in memory of late Guru Shri Sahadev Padhi who has set up the institute to support and provide a platform to budding artists in Odisha from different sections of the community. Kumar Utsav commemorates the time of festivities in Odisha and is named after Kumar Purnima, a unique festival in Odisha that celebrates girlhood and femininity. Girls rejoice with new clothes, sweets and special dishes made at home. Games and fun have a special place during Kumar Purnima. In tune with the spirit of Kumar Purnima, Kumar Utsav means celebrations, happiness, freedom and fun for the young artists of UDRA.