Bhubaneswar, Sept 6 (LocalWire): Srjan is organising the 26th OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival from September 5 to September 9, 2020 at 8 p.m. on a digital platform, premiered on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Srjan, as a premier cultural institution of the nation, recognizes the need to sustain creative energy and artistic endeavour while fulfilling its social responsibility to the public and the members of the Art fraternity.
Srjan dedicated this year’s festival in memory of the late Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, who shared a special and close association with Guruji for many decades, and to Shri Jaydev Das, veteran director of theatre, actor, light designer and member of the advisory board of Srjan trust, who left for his heavenly abode in March this year.
The event was officially inaugurated by veteran actress and Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Mathura), Smt. Hema Malini with a digital message.
It was also attended virtually by several dignitaries, influential citizens, and luminaries from the world of Art.
The programmes were conducted with strict adherence to all the government mandated COVID-19 safety guidelines, while maintaining the required social distancing norms.
Each day features a classical dance presentation followed by a classical music recital, designed with an eye on the most suitable combination of artistes and genre.
The festival commenced with an Odissi recital by Smt. Madhusmita Mohanty, renowned Odissi dancer and performer from Bhubaneswar.
She presented three dance pieces from the traditional Odissi repertoire, beginning with a Mangalacharan, invoking the blessings of Lord Jagannath for an auspicious beginning.
The presentation was choreographed by Guru Smt. Aruna Mohanty, set to the music composition of Dr. Bijay Kumar Jena and rhythm composition of Guru Dhaneswar Swain and Guru Bijay Kumar Barik.
This was followed by a timeless and evergreen composition of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra set to the music composition of Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra— Kirwani Pallavi, in Raag Kirwani and Khemta Taal.
She concluded her recital with the Ashtapadi – “Mādhave, mā kuru mānini mānam aye,” an excerpt from poet Shri Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda.
In this expressive piece, the sakhi pleads with Radha to forgive Madhava for his wanton ways and reunite with him. Choreographed by Guru Smt.
Aruna Mohanty to the music composition of Dr. Subash Pani, this presentation was in Raag Saveri and Ekatali.
The highlight of the evening was the recital by the Mohan Veena virtuoso, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
This concluded the inaugural evening of the 26th OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival.
The entire festival has been curated and designed by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, with the programme execution by Shri Debiprasad Mishra.
The festival is supported by the title sponsor Odisha Mining Corporation Limited (OMC), gold sponsor, Odisha Tourism, Government of Odisha, and festival sponsors, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Dept. of Odia Literature Language and Culture, Govt of Odisha, and the MGM Group, Bhubaneswar.