Bhubaneswar: The three-day Odissi Fest at the magnificent Mukteswar Temple ended with spellbinding performances of Odissi by renowned Odissi dancers of national and international repute showcasing the varied items of Odissi repertoire. It was as if the dancing damsels came alive out of the 10th century AD monument Mukteswar Temple, indisputably one of the most refined and beautiful temples of Odisha.
The evening’s programme started after lighting the lamp by Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Hon’ble Minister, Odia Language, Literature & Culture and Tourism; Shreemaye Mishra, Chairperson, OTDC Ltd., Guru Aruna Mohanty, Secretary, Orissa Dance Akademy; Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav, Director, Tourism and Dr. Sangita Gosain, Chief Executive, GKCM Odissi Research Centre.
The first programme of the evening was Chorus in honour of Lord Shiva eulogizing the glory of Lord Shiva presented by Eminent Music Director Guru Srinibas Satapathy and his group.
Renowned Odissi hearing impaired danseuse Sonali Mohapatra started her programme with Mangalacharan – Shiva followed by Abhinaya Sajani Go Najani Pirati Jaha Kali… choreographed by Durga Charan Ranbir and music composed by Sukanta Kumar Kundu. Her last item was Pallavi – Raga Saranga choreographed by herself and music composed by Guru Nirmal Kumar Mohapatra. Her intricate foot movements well articulated through symbolic gestures had evoked a spirit of spirituality and universal bliss depicting perfect synchronization of aesthetics and artistic elegance.
In duet Sripunya Mohanty and Pratap Barik presented Pallavi – Raga Nagoballi followed by Abhinaya Su Mukha Gunakeshi choreographed by Guru Aruna Mohanty and music composed by Guru Dhaneswar Swain.
The last item of the concluding evening was a Group Odissi presentation by Jyotsnarani Sahoo and Group of Soor Mandir, Cuttack. Their first item was Vandana-Shivamaya followed by Geetabhinay – Rasanuraga and last item was Sudha Nrutya – Keerti Kalabati choreographed by Guru Dr. Jyotsnarani Sahoo and music composed by Guru Swapneswar Chakraborty.