Published On: Sun, Feb 8th, 2015

Curtain of Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav drops with Indian Classical Dances, Music, marital falvour

dkmDhauli : It was the concluding day at the 11th Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav organised by Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha and Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar. Reverberating the gospel of peace and rejuvenating the nuances of Indian classical dances, music and chhau dance the valedictory evening was really a splendid one leaving the connoisseurs mesmerized.

The Director of Ruchi Masala Arabinda Sahoo presented Ruchi Buddha Samman to Padma Bibhusana Shilpaguru Ragunath Mahapatra for his outstanding contribution in the field of art.

The programme started with Charishnu comprising of Indian classical dances. It includes a selection of the classical, folk and martial dance of this country. This production is conceived and directed by Leena Samson. In the title Charishnu the first performance was Bharatnatyam by Leela Samson & Group followed by Kathak Dance by Aditi Mangaldas & Group. Next item was Manipuri by Priti Patel & Group followed by martial art form Thangta by the student of Anjika institute. Next presentation was Kathakali by Sadanam Balakrishnan & Group followed by Odissi dance by Aruna Mohanty & Group. Charishnu concluded with the music ensemble by Dhaneswar Swain & Group in Mardala and Cranatic Vocal by Mahesh Vinayakram and group.

The concluding item of the concluding evening was Mayurbhanj Chhau dance performed by the artists of Mayur Art Centre, Bhubaneswar. They have performed the item The Kalinga War. Ashoka, the young king of Magadha, notorious as Chandashoka tried to conquer Kalinga. He attacked Kalinga with a huge army. A fierce war ensued like none before and the bank of the river Daya was littered with corpses and the soil was drenched with blood. The scene of bloodshed and death of millions tormented him with remorse and repentance. At this critical moment, a Buddhist monk named Upangupta arrived on the scene and brought peace to his burning heart by initiating him to Buddhism with the chanting of Buddam Saram Gachhami.

The Guests of the evening were Dr. (Prof) Prasanna Kumar Patsani, Hon’ble MP, Bhubaneswar; Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister Tourism & Culture; Shri Upendra Behera, Development Commissioner, Odisha; Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Director General, Gopabandhu Academy of Administration; Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Tourism & Culture; Shri Arabinda Sahoo, Director Ruchi Food Line and Ruchi Prativa Foundation, Cuttack and Guru Aruna Mohanty, Secretary, Orissa Dance Academy. The programme was compered by Anuja Tarini Mishra and En. Srinivas Ghatuari.

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