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Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2020 will be presented to Raj Gopal Mishra

Bhubaneswar:2/9/20: The Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2020 will be presented to Shri Raj Gopal Mishra, veteran cinematographer for his invaluable contribution and lifetime achievements to the world of Odia Cinema. The Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman will be presented to Shri Pravat Kumar Swain for Odissi dance and to Shri Himansu Sekhar Swain for Odissi music acknowledging their dedication to their art forms. The Awards will be given by His Excellency Prof.Ganeshi Lal, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha.

Srjan has dedicated this year’s festival in memory of the late Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, whose shared a special and close association with Guruji for many decades. The festival has been designed with an eye on the most suitable combination of artistes and genre, with presentations by world-renowned artists. The dance presentations include Odissi by Smt. Madhusmita Mohanty, Bharatanatyam by Shri Praveen Kumar, Kathak by Smt. Gauri Diwakar, and Vilasini Natyam by Smt. Purvadhanashree. The inaugural evening will feature eminent Hindustani musician, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Guru Dhaneswar
Swain, distinguished Mardala guru and performer, and Shri Abhishek Raghuram, acclaimed Carnatic vocalist will perform on the second and third evenings respectively, while Shri Tarun Bhattacharya, the renowned Santoor player, will perform on the fourth evening.

The concluding evening will feature the prestigious Award ceremony, followed by the much‐awaited finale by the Srjan ensemble. This year, Srjan will present Anweshanaa—A bouquet of neo‐classical choreography in Odissi dance, conceptualized and choreographed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. Beginning with an invocation to Lord Rama, Antara Rama, Anweshanaa the explores the intricacies of neo‐classical Odissi compositions with dances such as Tarana, and Rase Harim Eha. These presentations are followed by an obeisance to Lord Rama, with Sant Tulsidas’ bhajan, Shri Ramachandra Krupalu Bhajamana, and conclude with the premiere of Chandrachooda Shiva Shankara, in veneration to Lord Shiva.

Srjan is organizing the 26th OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival from September 5th to 9th, 2020 on a digital platform, premiered on Facebook Live and YouTube, owing to the exigencies of the ongoing pandemic. The event will be Inaugurated by the eminent cine actress Smt. Hema Malini and attended virtually by several dignitaries, influential citizens, and luminaries from the world of Art. The Award Festival will be conducted with strict adherence to all the government-mandated COVID‐19 safety guidelines while maintaining the required social distancing norms.

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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