It was the concluding day at the 16th Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav presented by Department of Tourism and organised by Orissa Dance Academy and Art Vision, Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
Reverberating the gospel of peace and rejuvenating the nuances of Indian classical, martial and contemporary dances, the valedictory evening was really a splendid one leaving the connoisseurs mesmerized.
This year Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal presented Ruchi Buddha Samman Award to Mayadhar Rout, renowned Odishi Guru for his lifetime contribution in the field of Odishi and Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Smruti Samman Award to Guru Ghanashyam Panda, renowned Odishi vocalist, Aloka Kanungo, eminent Odishi danseuse, Dr Devi Mishra, renowned doctor of international medicine and chest diseases in US, Niranjan Tripathy and Swati Tripathy, promoter of Odishi dance in USA and Jayadev Das, noted light designer.
The programme started with Mardala Badana by Guru Satchidananda Das and Group (Mardeli, Bhubaneswar). His effortless execution of melodious strokes in Mardala enchanted the audience.
Second programme of the evening was Bharatnatyam dance by Rama Vaidyanathan (Ganesa Natyalaya, New Delhi). Their first presentation was Bodhana, which was an invocatory composition written by Maanikka Vaachakar and music composition by Sudha Raghuraman followed by Bhayili Piya, which was a Hindi bhajan. Their last presentation was Bindu.
The concluding item was Mayurbhanj Chhau by Bibhudatta Das and Group.