The three-day long Rangabati Festival organised by Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy under the aegis of Department of Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha was a grand success which showcased different Dance & Music of Western Odisha.
The concluding evening on Friday started with noted singer Bibhutibhusan Pattnaik from Sambalpur who presented typical Sambalpuri songs and regaled the audience by his enchanting voice.
This was followed by Badya Bichitra by Maa Manikeswari Melody Group from Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi presenting beautiful rhythm of Dalkhai, Rasarkelli and Rangabati through Panchavadya, the traditional musical instruments of Western Odisha.
Next programme was Mayuri Institute of Sundargarh who presented Dalkhai dance with its pristine flavor much to the joy of art lovers.
The Sambalpuri Folk Akademi from Baragarh with its spectacular ensemble of traditional musical instruments like Mrudangam, Madal, Mahuri, Dhol, Nisan, Khanjani, Gini, Flute, Tasa, Sarangi and Brahmabeena presented a different taste of rhythm.Next was Nataraj Kala Parisad from Balangir who by their splendid performance of dance and music like Nuaguhal based on Nuakhai celebration enchanted the audience.
Last programme of the concluding evening was by Bajania Institute from Sambalpur.The artistes enthralled the gathering by their superb presentation of Dalkhai, Rasarkelli, Mailajada, etc and captivated everybody till the end.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Lal Bihari Himirika, Minister of ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare; Padmini Sekhar Deo, Chairperson, Western Odisha Development Council; Sushil Kumar Das, Director, Culture; Arun Kumar Panda, senior journalist and social worker; Khirod Prasad Mohanty, Managing Trustee, Kalavikas Kendra, Cuttack; Sarat Pujari, President, OSNA and Chitta Ranjan Mallia, Secretary, OSNA.The programme was compered by Manabhanjan Mishra and Sibangi Mohapatra.