Magnum Opus of Odissi Dance at Mukteswar off to an auspicious start

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Bhubaneswar,(Kalinga Voice) : Odisha Tourism in association with Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi today inaugurated the three-day annual flagship festival on Odissi Dance, Mukteswar Dance Festival in the lawns of the iconic 10th century Mukteswar Temple in Bhubaneswar. The Festival was inaugurated by Development Commissioner cum ACS Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena. Principal Secretary, Tourism Sri Vishal Kumar Dev, Chairperson, OTDC Smt. Shreemayee Mishra, Director Tourism Sri Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav, . Secretary Orissa Dance Academy Guru Aruna Mohanty were present during the inaugural event.

As is custom, the programme began with the Shiva Vandana recited by Pt. A. Maheswar Rao & Group of Nad Ninad, Cuttack. Accomplished Odissi danseuse, Smt. Meera Das, founder of Gunjan Dance Academy, Cuttack performed solo, including abhinaya on the Ramayana’s episode of Shabari. This was followed by a duet on Sri Rama Stuti by Ms. Preetisha Mohapatra and Ms. Reebdhita Barua from Srjan, Bhubaneswar.The concluding performance was group Odissi performance by Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar. This performance highlighted aspects of Shakti.

Following the Mukteswar Dance Festival (14 – 16 January), Odisha Tourism is scheduled to organise the Rajarani Music Festival from 18 to 20 January, 2021.All festivals and events of Odisha Tourism are organised in complete adherence to COVID-19 Safety Protocols.


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