Bhubaneswar, Jan. 16: Ankle bells of Odissi dancers resonated at the 10th century Mukteswar temple that is hosting a three-day dance festival.
The annual Mukteswar festival opened on Monday evening. It showcases a solo, duet and a group Odissi recital every evening.
On Monday, Odissi danseuse Sangeeta Dash invoked the blessings of Lord Shiva by performing Vedasara Shivastrotam followed by an abhinaya on a song composed by poet Banamali.
Dancers Lingaraj Pradhan and Sanjukta Dutta started off their duet with a pallavi set to raga Hansadhawni and Tala Matha followed by a devotional piece. The group performance by city-based Odisha Dance Academy was also interesting.
On the second evening, veteran dancer Naba Kishore Mishra started of with an invocatory piece dedicated to Lord Shiva. His second presentation spoke volumes about the dancer’s command over the art form. During the abhinaya, he presented patitapavana that portrayed the virtues of Lord Rama as described by poet Upendra Bhanja.
Rashmi Raj and Biswabhusan Mohapatra came together to showcase a piece choreographed by Shankarabharana pallavi as created by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
The following sequence, Shiva panchaka, another creation by two masters, musician Balakrushna Dash and choreographer Gangadhar Pradhan, was also presented impressively by the duo.
“We are aiming to promote Odia culture. Such festivals provide a major thrust to the state tourism,” said Ashok Tripathy, secretary, state tourism and culture department.