Bhubaneswar, 08 Feb 2016 (OdishaLIVE): It was the concluding day at 12th Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav, organised by Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar in association with Art Vision, Bhubaneswar and presented by Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha.
Reverberating the gospel of peace and rejuvenating the nuances of Indian classical dances, music and Paika dance the valedictory evening was really a splendid one leaving the connoisseurs mesmerized.
The programme started with Odissi dance by Shinjan Nrityalaya, Kolkata. Their presentation was Raasa in Odissi and Manipuri dance style. Krishna & Radha are two deities worshipped with regard and love, who showed the path of Mukti through Bhakti. Krishna is one who attracts and Radha is the Allahandini Shakti.
The dance was choreographed by Aloka Kanungo. Second presentation was Kathak dance by Sonarpur Nadam, Kolkata. The item was Nritya Katha, the two Gods Krishna and Shiva function as the two pivots of all existence.
They dance to their own rhythms and tunes, each unique in its own way. As a dancer Sandip Mallick visualizes a unique Jugalbandi between the two cosmic entities and undertakes a journey to express the various nuances of the divine powers as they indulge in a cosmic and super human collaboration.
The concluding item of the concluding evening was Paika dance performed by the artists of Khordha paika Akhada Institution. The Paika Akhada group from Khordha presents some of the items belonging to the daily practice of the Paika, the proud descendants of the valorous foot soldiers of the Odia army.
The Paika repertoire includes acrobatic stances, pyramids group formations, mock fight with swords and sticks and display of strength through difficult skills.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Smt Leela Venkataraman, Dance Critic; Shri G. K. Dhal, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Dr. N. B. Jawale, Director, Tourism; Shri U. K. Pati, Deputy Director, Tourism and Guru Aruna Mohanty, Secretary, Orissa Dance Academy.