Bhubaneswar:27/8/19:Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival is scheduled to be held from 5th to 11th September 2019 at RabindraMandap, Bhubaneswar. This 25th year celebration of the GKCM Award Festival is a special occasion for Srjan, and to commemorate this, institution hosting a seven‐day festival in place of the annual five‐day event. Srjan has curated this year’s festival with a range of music recitals featuring world renowned artistes, with a special evening highlighting Odissi music. Furthermore, to honour and pay tribute to Guruji’s lifelong passion of Odissi dance, all dance performances over this seven‐day award festival are group presentations by established and well‐known Odissi dance institutions of Odisha. The festival will also feature a special solo recital by Smt. Niharika Mohanty, senior disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Odissi exponent and founder‐director of Guru Shradha, California, USA
The “NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2019” will be presented to Guru Harmohan Khuntia, Tabla maestro, for his immense contribution to the field of Music, to Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, veteran Odissi dance Guru for his invaluable work to the field of Dance, to Dr. Sunil Kothari and Smt. Leela Venkataraman, eminent Dance Critics and Authors, for theirlifetime achievements and contribution to the performing arts, and to renowned Art Photographer, Sri Avinash Pasricha, for his pioneering work in the field of Photography.
In addition to the above, the Nalco Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Prativa Samman, will be given to five exceptionally talented performing artistes under the age of 40 years in the field of classical dance & Odissi music to acknowledge their outstandingperformances TheNALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Prativa Samman 2019 is presented with a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/‐ each and a citation, and this year it will bepresented to Smt. Swapnokalpa Dasgupta (Odissi Dance), Sri Rahul Acharya (Odissi Dance), Smt. Rajashri Praharaj (Odissi Dance), Smt. Anwesa Mahanta (Sattriya Dance), and Sri Satyabrata Katha (Odissi Music).
After the GKCM Award presentation on 11th September, the Srjan dance ensemble will present the production ‘Namami Gange’choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, scripted by Pandit Nityananda Mishra, and set to Shri Lakshmikant Palit’s music. ‘Namami Gange’ is the story of the descent of mother Ganga from the locks of Lord Shiva ‘Namami Gange’ is a production in the neo‐classical style of Odissi, appealing to the people of our nation to respect Mother Ganga, and bring her back to her purest form. Every year, the Award Festival is ably supported by organisations which have been instrumental in the success of Srjan’s many endeavours.