Special Correspondent

Sonal Mansingh conferred `Alva's Virasat Award 2006' in Moodbidri

MOODBIDRI: "Alva's Virasat 2006," a five-day cultural festival organised by Alva's Educational Foundation, got off to a colourful start here on Tuesday. The highlight of the first day was Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh being conferred the "Alva's Virasat Award 2006."

Speaking after conferring the award on Ms. Mansingh, Nitte Education Trust president N. Vinaya Hegde said it is important that culture and traditions be protected and nourished along with giving importance to economic and social progress.

It is culture that is evident in every human activity, and people such as Mohan Alva, chairman of the foundation, who hold cultural meets such as Virasat, need to be commended and supported.

Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) K.S. Suresh Babu, who was the chief guest, said he is pleasantly surprised to see that cultural festivals such as Virasat can be organised year after year.

Former Minister K. Amarnath Shetty was present.

Soon after the inaugural session, an Assamese classical dance was rendered by Sriguru Jatin Goswamy while a ballet on "Mahishasura Mardhini" was performed in the Purolia Chavo style by Chinibas and troupe from West Bengal. This was followed by the "Natawari" dance by a cultural troupe from Ahmedabad.