Konark: The audience present at Konark Festival were today left spellbound by intense performances in the genre of dance-drama.
A presentation in Odissi dance was performed by a troupe from Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar.
The dance drama Leela Madhuri enacted by Odissi Research Centre depicted love and courtship between Radha and Krishna. The choreography was based on Kabisurya Baladev Rath’s poetic treatise, “Kishora Chandrananda Champoo” a unique text starting with Odia alphabets.
This was followed by a captivating performance by accomplished Kuchipudi artiste Shree Lakshmi Govardhanan, who hails from Thrissur, Kerala, and is a disciple of Guru Pasumarthy Rattaiaha Sarma. Shree Laxmi came up with an invocatory item with prayers to Lord Bighnaraja, Hanuman and Srikrishna.
The next item was Soorpanakha, the life and plight of Soorpanakha with anger and frustration got emotionally depicted. She revolted within for being inhumanly punished by Sri Ram and Laxman.
Kuchipudi witnessed Thillana as the concluding choreography bearing the creative touch of Shree Laxmi and music composition by Dr M. Balmuralikrishna.
The event was graced by prominent citizens including Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, OTDC chairman Dilip Tirkey and well-known ophthalmologist and Padma Shri Awardee Dr Taraprasad Das.