Spirituality in Sattriya, Harmony in Odissi enthrall audience at Konark Festival


Bhubaneswar: The open-air auditorium in Konark witnessed enchanting choreographies in Sattriya and social awareness of harmony which enthralled the audience at Konark Dance Festival on Tuesday.

Renowned Sattriya exponent Dr Anwesa Mahanta started with Gayan Bayan followed by Vandana and Ramdani which marked invocatory submission to Lord Jagannath.

The other recital in Sattriya was Bhagabata Dasha Lakshana based on Srimad Bhagabat, the spiritual text. The tenets of Bhakti got vivid illustration in the choreography. The rendition created a serene and scintillating ambience paving way for Odissi recital.

Dr Illeana Citaristi came up with a new choreography ‘Refugee’ which attempted to bridge the gap between the world of artistic expression and the grim social reality of the world.

The concluding item in Odissi was Ganga Yamuna based on the Sanskrit treatise Raghuvansa of Poet Kalidas.

The two different string of blue sapphires and white pearls of Ganga and Yamuna present a garland of white lotus with blue lilies interspersed in. The poetic imagination relating to Ganga-Yamuna got meaningfully exhibited by Artistes of Art Vision.

The evening’s programme got commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Chief Justice Odisha High Court Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, Chairman State Finance Commission R. N. Senapati, Chief Temple Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra in the presence of Joint Director Tourism Utpal Kumar Pati, Dr Bijaya Kumar Jena and Dr Sangeeta Gosain.