Berhampur, Oct 13 (LocalWire): Kuanra Punei Janha Lo… the popular folk dance of young Odia girls in villages, which is almost forgotten in the state, came alive with young singers singing the traditional song here today marking Kumar Purnami, the festival of youth.
Famous Odissi dancer Atrayee Dutta, a national award winner from Kolkata performed Odissi dance to mark the festival by Madhumaya Panigrahi Foundation, a cultural organization.
The audience was thrilled when Y Sridevi and troupe from Andhra Pradesh performed Kuchipudi and folk dances.
A dance ballet ‘Thia puchi Naranga’ was performed by winners of rural women sports competition that was organized earlier.
The five-hour-long programme commenced with the blowing of conches by artists of Narendrapur in Ganjam district, where young conch blowers performed the abahani nurtya (welcome dance) by Samhita of Berhampur.
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) KVR Chary, president, Utkal Sanskrutik Samaj, Visakhapatnam JK Nayak attended as guests.
The organization felicitated Aswatha Narayan, gold medalist at the World Skills Competition held in Russia, Bhaktaram Desti, gold medalist, Commonwealth championship in weightlifting 2019 held at Samoa, Australia and Shaktiswarupa Dash, Mrs India Finalist 2019, Mission Dreams, Kolkata.
‘The event not only helps to revive the extinct folk and dance culture of the state but it also helped talented young artists,’ said Nayak.
With the organisation felicitating the young talents, who excelled in their fields, others too, will be encouraged,’ added the director of IISER.
‘The aim of the programme is to bring alive the cultural tradition of the district,’ said Sudipta Panigrahi, one of the directors of the organization.
Later, the traditional cake, kakara, was distributed to the audience.