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February 7, 2016

Kathak-at-Dhauli
Odisha Channel Bureau
DHAULI: The 12th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav jointly organised by Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha and Orissa Dance Akademy got off to a colourful start on Saturday evening with an invocation of peace befitting to the occasion commemorating what King Ashoka had professed in 3rd Century BC. The structured programme started with Bharatnatyam dance by Punyah Dance Company, Bengaluru.

Their item was Punyah Krishna, it is the journey of a bhakta along with his Lord Krishna, the journey of the jeevantmaalong with the Paramatma.The bhakta dedicates and offers his body, mind and soul through this divine dance which is so dear to lord Krishna.Punyah Krishna based on Jagatguru Shri Aadi Shankaracharya’s Krishna Shatakam set to music by Vidhwan Shri Gopalkrishna Shrikan in Rag Malike and Aadi tala.

Second presentation of the evening was Kathak Dance by Abhinab Dance Company from Bengaluru. Their first presentation was Barsha followed by Meera Bai Bhajan.Third presentation was Odissi Dance Barsha O Basanta by the student of Nupur Institution.

Last presentation of the first evening was Martial Dance form Antalah by Anveshana Society for Performing Arts, New Delhi.Abhimanyu stands for many virtues, such as courage, righteousness, selflessness, respect for elders and love for one’s family.

He had fought for Dharma.A sixteen year old boy was the supreme hero of the thirteenth day and even perhaps the whole Mahabharata war Abhimanyu (Antaha – at the end) as a metaphor for youth the war of every nation. Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented Ruchi Buddha Samman to Kumkum Mohanty, eminent Odissi dancer, for her outstanding contribution to the Indian dance and music.

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