Konark (Odisha, India): With the famous Sun Temple at the backdrop the connoisseurs of dance in ‘Odissi’ and ‘Kuchipudi’ style mesmerized the crowd, in the 3rd evening of Konark Festival 2014.
The exponents of Kuchipudi dance tradition entered the open-air auditorium with the unique choreographic renderings of eminent Kuchipudi dance Guru Sobha Naidu. The dance items included ‘Pranamaamyaham’ in praise of Lord Ganesh composed by Mysore Vasudevacharya. This was followed by ‘Sri Raja Rajeswari Asthakam’, ‘Deva Devam Bhajhe’ and ‘Swagatham Krishna’. The dance repertoire was marked by quick beat rhythm and mellifluous lyrical composition.
Kuchipudi was followed by Odissi dance recital wherein the serene composition of Guru Ranjana Gauhar found a vivid manifestation in ‘Sri Geet Govindam’. The complexities of divine and human love got expressed in the presentation that narrated the intense and passionate love of Lord ‘Krishna’ and ‘Radha’. The dancers brought out the union, separation and reunion of ‘Krishna’ and ‘Radha’ in the production.
The evening commenced with the lighting of the lamp by Gajapati Sri Divyasingha Deva, Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Tourism and Culture Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee and Director Susil Das.
Dr. Mrutunjaya Rath and Dr. Sadhana Srivastav anchored the day’s event with the support of Dr. Sangita Gosain and Chitta Ranjan Malia, Secretary, OSNA. The Sand Art exhibition at Chandrabhaga and the sculpture and Art Camp in the premises of the Auditorium witnessed countless crowds this evening.