Curtain drawn on Konark Festival, Sand Art Fest

Culture State

KONARK, DEC 5

The Konark Festival 2018, jointly organised by Odisha Tourism and Odissi Research Centre, came to a close today with performances demonstrating the technical foundations of classical dancing.

Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, who graced the closing ceremony as chief guest, succinctly analogised the vibrant atmosphere of the festival with the grand Sun Temple in the backdrop, as one of deeply spiritual energies.

The first ensemble in Kathak — mentored by renowned danseuse Kumudini Lakhia from Ahmedabad and led by her senior disciple Sanjukta Sinha — began with an ode to Goddess Durga. This was followed by a reverberating demonstration of Tatkaar – the skill of footwork in Kathak, accompand by recitals in Taal Dhamaar. Bhakti movement saint Meerabai’s Krishna bhajans constituted the vocals for the succeeding performance.

The second set of presentations was in Odissi, by a troupe mentored and choreographed by renowned Odissi Guru Ranjana Gauhar from New Delhi. The performance began with the depiction of the mythological tale of Lord Vishnu’s first among the Dashavatar, the Matsyavatar (fish), to retrieve the Vedas from demon Hayagriva.

The Konark Festival has, over its thirty editions, attained global fanfare, with ardent enthusiasts and observers travelling from far off corners of the globe, including Europe and the Americas, to witness the spectacle.

The 5-day International Sand Art Festival, held at Chandrabhaga Beach, also came to an end today.

A Balaji Vora Prasad of Vijayawada won the first prize in solo category, while Puri-based Bulu Mohanty and Pramod Biswal got the top honour in ‘double (male)’ category.

Sarita Gochhayar and her team won the first prize in Group (female) category while the top award in Group (male) went to Banambar Pattanaik and his team.

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