Day-4 at Konark Festival 2014
Konark (Odisha, India), 04 December 2014: Konark Festival of classical dances witnessed the archetypal Mahari dance presentation which is looked upon to be the mother of ‘Gotipua’ and ‘Odissi’ dance form.
Its chief exponent Rupashree Mohapatra and her troupe enthralled the viewers with their Soul-Stirring performance which featured ‘Mangalarpana’, Laxmi Vandana, Jhoolan and Chandan-based dance items culminating in an ‘Asthapadi’ from ‘Sri Geet Govinda’ of Sri Jayadev. In the context of the ensuing ‘Navakalevara’ of Lord Jagannath in 2015, the dance appealed to one and all.
The Mahari dance was followed by ‘Bharat Natyam’ on the scintillating composition of Nrutyacharya V. P. Dhanajayan and Shanta Dhanajayan. Their dance items included ‘Deepanjali’, an ode to Bharat Mata based on Bankim Chandra’s immortal national song ‘Vande Mataram’. This paved the way for ‘Shakti Prabhaavam’ highlighting the Primordial women power symbolized as ‘Saraswati, Laxmi’ and ‘Durga’. The concluding item was ‘Nritta-Tarangam’ an exuberant and vibrant rhythmic pattern woven in geometrical designs of lines and circles.
The evening’s programme commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by R.D.C. (Central) Bikas Mohapatra, Commissioner of Settlement and Consultation, C.T.M. Suguna and G.M., OTDC Ajodhya Kanta Satpathy. The cultural programme was compered by Dr. Mrutyunjaya Rath and Dr. Sadhana Srivastav assisted by Dr. Sangita Gosain and C. R. Malia, Secretary OSNA.