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Konark Festival Audience were left spellbound by intense performances in the genre of dance-drama

Konark: 3/12/18;The audience present at Konark Festival were today left spellbound by intense performances in the genre of dance-drama.

A presentation in Odissi dance was performed by a troupe from Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar.

The dance drama Leela Madhuri enacted by Odissi Research Centre depicted love and courtship between Radha and Krishna. The choreography was based on Kabisurya Baladev Rath’s poetic treatise, “Kishora Chandrananda Champoo” a unique text starting with Odia alphabets.

This was followed by a captivating performance by accomplished Kuchipudi artiste Shree Lakshmi Govardhanan, who hails from Thrissur, Kerala, and is a disciple of Guru Pasumarthy Rattaiaha Sarma. Shree Laxmi came up with an invocatory item with prayers to Lord Bighnaraja, Hanuman and Srikrishna.

The next item was Soorpanakha, the life and plight of Soorpanakha with anger and frustration got emotionally depicted. She revolted within for being inhumanly punished by Sri Ram and Laxman.

Kuchipudi witnessed Thillana as the concluding choreography bearing the creative touch of Shree Laxmi and music composition by Dr M. Balmuralikrishna.

The event was graced by prominent citizens including Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, OTDC chairman Dilip Tirkey and well-known ophthalmologist and Padma Shri Awardee Dr Taraprasad Das.

About Ashok Palit

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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