Ruchi Buddha Samman to Guru Maguni Kuanr, eminent Puppeteer, for his outstanding contribution to the Indian Rod Puppetry

_MG_1661Dhauli Peace Pagoda (Bhubaneswar, India), 15 Feb 2014: The 10th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav jointly organised by Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha and Orissa Dance Akademy got off to a colourful start with Madhu Murchhana a flute recital set to Rag-Vairagi with a set of Talas presented by a very young and talented flautist Shri Srinivas Satapathy and group.

The main objective to have this festival is to preserve, promote and popularize our heritage at the national and international level. It is a humble endeavour to bring together artists of diverse disciplines in _MG_1613the spirit of cultural solidarity against an enchanting ambience. It is a true presentation of artistic excellence. The Director of Ruchi Masala Shri Arabinda Sahoo presented Ruchi Buddha Samman to Guru Maguni Kuanr, Eminent Puppeteer for his outstanding contribution to the Indian Rod Puppetry.

The second item of the evening was Odissi dance by the students of Utkal Sanget Mahavidyalya, Bhubaneswar. They started with an invocatory piece Bisheswar Bandana an offering to Lord Shiva set to Rag-Madhyamadi and Tal-Ektali followed by a Pallavi on _MG_1856same tal and rag. There concluding item was Dikshya an Odissi Ballet depicting the episode of Chandashoka being converted to Dharmashoka at the foothill of Dhauli Shanti Stupa.

The last presentation of the evening was Thanga-Ta, the martial art of Manipur by the students of Anjika, Kolkata led by Priti Patel which was exciting and ruminating.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Dr. Arvinda Kumar Padhee, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Tourism & Culture; Dr. Minati Mishra, Eminent Danseuse and former Principal, Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya; Shri Manoranjan Patnaik, Director, Tourism; Shri Arabinda Sahoo, Director, Ruchi Masala and Guru Aruna Mohanty, Eminent Odissi Dancer. The programme was compered by Smt. Sangita Gosain and Er. Srinivas Ghatuari.

INFO: Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav 2014

The Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav, one of the finest dance festival on India, is being organised at the foothill of ancient Dhauli, the Peace Pagoda, since the year 2003. The uniqueness of this festival is the showcasing of Indian Classical dance forms along with Folk and Martial dance.

The festival is jointly organised by Orissa Dance Academy and Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha. It is worth mentioning that Orissa Dance Academy, the leading Odissi Dance institution of the country, led by Guru Aruna Mohanty, in support of Odisha Tourism aims to present the cultural multiplicity and a whole range of diverse stream of performing arts – be it classical, folk or martial.

The festival is a unique confluence of more than 500 artists belonging to various art forms of Indian dance tradition and it celebrates ‘unity in diversity’ – the grand idea of India.

The Dhauli Peace Pagoda being teh backdrop of the stage inspires the artists to cherish the idea of love, peace and compassion and humanity.

Further, the festival is a grand celebration of harmony between history and modernity.

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