Mukteswar Dance Festival kicks off


Bhubaneswar, Jan 14: Organised by Odishalburism, the three-day dance extrava-ganza of Mukteswar Dance Festival kicked off here Thursday amid much fanfare.

 In the opening act, Pandit A Maheswar Rao & Group pre-sented Shiva Vandana with six Ragas and six stanzas. Directed by Rao, the song was an epic blend of melody and grace.

 Following the classical act, a spell bounding solo per-formance by famous dancer Meera Das enthralled one and all. Her first presentation was Mangalacharan in Shivastuti Puspanjali and later, she per-formed Pallavi choreographed by Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Pallavi was based on Raga Billahari and set on Tal ektali. Her last performance was based on Shabari from Ramayan. The music was composed by Pt Bhubaneswar Mishra.

 Interacting with Orissa POST, Das said, “The festival celebrates Odissi dance which is one of the oldest clas-sical dance forms in the coun-try. The emotion is captured so beautifully in the form of the danseuse enacting various mudras in the centuries-old temples of the state.” The third act of the evening was a Odissi duet by Reebdhita Barua and Preetisha Mohapatra. They performed recitals based on Shiva sthuthi, Pallavi Yuma Dwanda and ab-hinay based on Shri Rama sthuthi. The cherography was by Guru Ratikanta Mohaptra. The music was composed by Late Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi and Pradip Kumar Das. 

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