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34th Konark Festival 2023 concluded with some mesmerising performances of Odissi and Kathak dancers

Konark:6/12/23: The 34th Konark Festival 2023 concluded with some mesmerising performances of Odissi and Kathak dancers yesterday. The first half of the show saw Kumkum Mohanty and Group from Geeta Govinda Charitable Trust, Bhubaneswar. The troupe performed Abhinaya – Maa Bhavani which depicted Maa Bhavani as the destroyer of demons “Shumba Nishumba” and how her power extended to save Lord Shiva’s powerful meditation by destroying the Mahishasura, the Doyen the Devils, in one of the Hindu pantheons. Mancha Pooja, Pallavi in Raag Hansadheani, and Abhinaya Maa Bhabani are three Abhinaya pieces composed by late Pandit Bhubaneswar Misra and Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra. The last sequence Abhinaya – an episode from the Ramayana epic “Bichitra Ramayana” was written by Biswanath Khunita.

The second set of performances saw Luna Poddar & Group of Prerna Centre of Performing Arts, Kolkata performing three Odissi dance recitals of SURYA JYOTI, DARBARI and RANG BASANT choreographed by Guru Luna Poddar. Surya Jyoti is a Vandana dedicated to Lord Surya, symbolizing the seven colours of the rainbow and the seven chakras in the body. Raag Darbari Kanada is a choreographic piece that transports audiences back to India’s royal courts, showcasing Kathak dance’s intricate elements and Rang Basant was an artistic piece inspired by Padma Bibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj ji’s Perennial Poetry. Set around the Teentaal Vilambit Madhya and Druthlaya time cycles, the piece celebrated nature and emotion, flowing like color, river, time, seasons, and life.

During the finale of the 13th International Sand Art Festival being held in Chandrabhaga Beach, sand artists participating in the festival for the past five days were felicitated for showcasing the best of this unique artform at the Konark Festival. The theme of the day was “Wonders of the World for the international artists, Monuments of India for participating states, Temples of Odisha and Manabasa Gurubara” for participants from Odisha based on which captivating sand sculptures were created.

General Manager, East Coast Railway Manoj Sharma, OTDC Chairman Dr. Lenin Mohanty, Former Bureaucrat Ashok Tripathy, Chairperson Konark NAC Sanjukta Tripathy, and President OSNA Guru Aruna Mohanty inaugurated the evening show by lighting the ceremonial lamp.

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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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