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Five-day-long 24thGuru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival concluded

Bhubaneswar:9/9/18: The five-day-long 24thGuru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival concluded at the Rabindra Mandap auditorium here on Sunday evening with presentation of the prestigious awards named after the legendary Odissi artiste.This year, the jury of the OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival presented the NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award to Dr.Sachi Das for his contribution to the field of Theatre and Dramatics and to Sri Lingaraj Behera for his immense contribution to Odissi Dance. Additionally, the NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Prativa Samman was presented to four meritorious young artistes in the area of classical dances and Odissi music for their continuous outstanding performances.They are Smt. Sonali Mohapatra (Bhubaneswar) & Sri Subikash Mukherjee (Kolkata) for Odissi Dance, Smt. Swati Sinha (New Delhi) for Kathaka Sri Rohan Suresh Dahale (Mumbai) for Odissi Music. A book namely Dancing into Eternity – An endearing view of his multifaceted life and work of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra published by Ratikanta Mohapatra, Director, Srjan was inaugurated by the esteemed guest on this auspicious concluding evening of OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival.


The ceremony was inaugurated in the presence of distinguished guests, Smt. Hema Malini, Reputed Cine Actress, Sri Ashok Charan Panda, Hon’ble Minister, Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha and Sri Manoranjan Panigrahi, Principal Secy, OLLC, Government of Odisha,

After the award presentation, the host institution, Srjan opened the evening with Kirwani Madhurima, a neo-classical Odissi dance presentation, scripted by Pt. Nityananda Misra to the original music composition of Dr.Vyzarsu Balasubramaniam and the choreography of Sri Ratikant Mohapatra. They then presented a special performance– “Maati”, derived from an inspiring and popular poem by the iconic Odia poet Sri Radha Mohan Gadanayak. The dance choreography was done by Ratikant Mohapatra. The music composition is by Laxmikant Palit and the script adaptation is by Jaydev Das. Dancers, Smt. Rajashri Praharaj, Ritu Sengupta, Pragna Parimita Das, Riyanka Chakrabarty, Aishwariya Singhdev, Sipra Swain, Maya Krishnamurty, Preetisha Mohapatra and Reebdhita Barua presented this exemplary composition with great energy and synchronization.




About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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