Rourkela: Curtains came down on the five-day Vedvyas Sangeet Nrutyotsav, here on Tuesday. The Nrutyotsav, organised by Bhanja Kala Kendra, the cultural wing of Bhanja Cultural Trust of Rourkela, presented classical dances, folk dance and music during the five days. Classical and folk dance troupes from the State and other part of the country participated in the biggest cultural event of steel city. Established artists presented Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Kuchupudi, Gotipua, Ranappa dances during the five day.

On the fourt evening on Monday, the Bhanja Kala Bhawan, the show started with a riveting Odissi Brunda Gayan presented by Guru Binapani Rath and artistes of Bhanja Kala Kendra. This was followed by a fascinating group Kuchipudi dance by the artists of ‘Ambikeswar Kuchipudi Dance Academy’, Vishakhapatnam which was directed by eminent Kuchipudi exponent and Central Sangeet Natak Academy Award recipient, Guru P Vijay Bharani Shanker. The dance recital was presented by his only son, Uday Shankar Potnuru.

The artists of the institution presented ‘Adi shakti, para shakti’, that demonstrated the concept of Pancha Preta, mentioned in Lalitha Sahasra Namam of Saint Adi Shankaracharya.  It was an eloquent description of the dissolution of the universe for its re-creation and the need of five divine potent energies  for the recreation.

An enthralling Folk Dance ‘Gotipua’ was presented by artistes of ‘Abhinna Sundari Gotipua Parishad’ from Raghurajpur who have earned international acclaims through their scintillating performances in many countries in Europe and Asia. A pulsating folk dance performance by the tiny tots of Bhanja Kala Kendra under the direction of Guru Manas & Sagarika mesmerized the audience.   

Earlier,Radha Krishna Mohapatra, General Secretary, Bhanja Kala Kendra welcomed the gathering. Shasank Pattnaik and Koena Dastidar anchored the show.

curated by Soumyashree Pradhan