Cultural Ambassador & Filmmaker Akshay Kumar Parija honoured with Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Smruti Samman 2016


Bhubaneswar, 07 Feb 2016 (OdishaLIVE): The 12th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav witnessed an evening showcasing a beautiful blend of classical dances and music with martial dances which regaled a large audience gathered at the foothill of Dhauli on the 2nd evening of the festival.

The programme started with an innovatory piece of Gotipua by the students of the Orissa Dance Academy. They are presenting Buddha Vani. The second programme of the evening was Saptavarna, literally means the different shades of the rainbow, which symbolizes the vibrant forms of Indian Classical Dances. Dancers of these varying forms move in different rhythmic patterns unique to their dance form.

DSC_3167The distinctiveness of each dance form is captured individually, yet the differences between them come out vividly through their grace, grandeur, costumes that support them. This production is conceptualized and coordinated by Aruna Mohanty.

The individual dance styles were Manipuri by Priti Patel, Anjika Dance Centre for Manipuri Dance, Kolkata; Odissi by Aruna Mohanty, Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar; Bharatnatyam by Parswanath Upadhye, Punyah Dance DSC_3177Company, Bengaluru; Kathak by Sandip Mallick, Sonarpur Nadam, Kolkata; Thang Ta by Imocha Singh, Anjika Center for Martial Art, Kolkata; Mohiniattam by Mom Ganguly & Group, Kolkata and Music ensemble by Guru Ramhari Das and Guru Dhaneswar Swain, Bhubaneswar.

The dancers exhibiting classical skill and talent much to the joy and ecstasy of the audience.

The last programme of the evening was martial dance of West Bengal “Raibense”. It was on the heroic war dance of DSC_3255West Bengal. In this dance the vigorous and manly movement of the body together with stirring notes of the drum, generates courage and daring in the feeblest of hearts. The entire dance is permeated by a spirit of irresistible joy.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Dr. Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, Eminent Odissi Dancer; Dr. Subas Pani, Former Chief Secretary, Odisha; Shri R. Balakrishnan, Development Commissioner, Odisha; DSC_3716Shri S.P. Thakur, Principal Secretary, Excise; Guru Aruna Mohanty, Secretary, Orissa Dance Academy and Guru Illeana Citaristi, Secretary, Art Vision.

On the occasion cultural Ambassador & Film maker Akshay Kumar Parija was honoured with Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Smruti Samman 2016. His contribution  for presenting Odishan art forms in the Global forums and popularizing it in India and outside was appreciated through this honour.

The programme was compared by Er. Srinibas Ghatuari and Sindhu Brown.

Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav, one of the leading cultural event of India, showcases brilliant Indian classical and martial dances forms. It is being organised by Orissa Dance Academy in association with Art Vision and presented by Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha. After the demise of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, the soul and mentor of the organisation renowned Odissi exponent and Guru Aruna Mohanty is leading Orissa Dance Academy and has become the main inspiration for the hundreds of artistes and accompanists associated with the art.

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