Culture A melange of cultural events marked the celebration of Orissa Formation Day.
U tkal Sanskrutika Samaj, a socio-cultural organisation of the Oriya people in the port city, celebrated the 76th Orissa State Formation Day. The function was conducted grandly at its open auditorium behind the temple of Lord Jagannath at Siripuram behind the studios of All India Radio, Visakhapatnam.
All delegates present at the event paid rich tributes to Sriram Chandra Bhanja of Mayurbhanj, Gajapathi Krushna Chandra Dev of Parlakehmandi, Veer Surendra Sai of Sambalpur, Madhusudhan Das and Gopabandhu Dash in particular among others, recapitulated the history of the formation of a separate state of Orissa on April 1, 1936. The major part of the evening's function was marked by the absorbing rendering of solo and group songs and colourful folk and classical dances. Solos by Arathi Halder, Rashmi Biswal, Sarat Maharand and Arun Nayak set to music by A.C. Halder, Majlu and Bhoi stood out.
Similarly, the dance ballet Konark Nritya Naatika visualising the splendour of the Sun Temple at Konark and advocating the need of protecting it symbolically, marked the dawn of delightful dance programme. Empathic presentation of the first poet, Jayadev's Dasavatar was the other dance presented in traditional form of a fine blend. The highly rated dictions were set by the Gurus, Gadadhar Pradhan, Pankaj Charan Das and Kelucharan Mohapatra, who depicted Orissa dance traditions of sublime forms. The modern candle and filmy song dances were also presented next. Sambalpur and Kalahandi folk dances presented by young girls provided the grand finale.
Disciples of Jayant Acharya of Berhampore, Aiswarya, Priya, Smitha, Gayatri, Runa, Simyan, Anchal, Rajani, Rubina, Nau Raza, Sibvam, Ruchita, Manas, Jigyanshu and Rakesh constituted the team of dancers sponsored by the Government of Orissa to mark the celebration of the Foundation Day of the State of Orissa by Utkal Sanskrutha Samakhya.