Musical duets, dance recitals in sync

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By NAMITA PANDA
  • Published 22.02.14
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Bhubaneswar, Feb. 21: The 29th Konark Dance and Music Festival under way at the Konark Natya Mandap is showcasing some spectacular performances leaving the tourists astounded.

Various artistes from all over the country have already staged enchanting musical and dance recitals and many more will be performing at the unique stage that resembles the Konark temple’s dance podium.

On the inaugural day on Wednesday, violin players Ganesh and Kumaresh from Chennai gave a mesmerising presentation. The brothers duo won the viewers’ hearts with classical as well as fusion music.

Odissi performance by Rudrakshya Foundation Bhubaneswar was equally enticing. On Thursday, Odissi classical music was the highlight wherein Dhaneswar Swain and Sachidanada Das — two veteran instrumentalists showcased a vibrant duet on the mardala, a traditional percussion instrument. Bharatnatyam by the troupe Sridevi Nrithyalaya of Chennai was stunning. Sambalpuri dance by local artistes was also appreciated.

Performances by artistes of international repute including Kadri Gopalnath (saxophone exponent), Kuchipudi by Alekhya Punjala, Kathak by Chitresh Das are attractions for the remaining days of the fest that concludes on Sunday.

Besides these, artistes from the Konark Natya Mandap will also present Odissi and Gotipua dance. Famous dancer and actress Vyajayantimala Bali will be conferred with the Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to the Indian classical arts, said Sibashis Pradhan, the organiser.

Konark Dance and Music Festival started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap by its founder late Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan.

“The sole aim behind this festival is to bring in many artistes into the cultural family and creating of international cultural amity and brotherhood,” said Sibashis, the legendary Gangadhar Paradhan’s son. “This festival is a hub of eminent artistes of national and international repute. The stage and the atmosphere is magnified by the spiritual and aesthetic flavour, in the natural ambience of casuarinas and cashew trees,” said Sherell, a tourist.