BHUBANESWAR: The State owns a rich legacy of its literature, music and dance and it was a unique experience for him to come across a harmony of the three at the Dhara Sriradha festival. Governor M.C. Bhandare remarked.

He inaugurated the three-day festival of dance, music and literature at Rabindra Mandap in the State capital on Monday.

The festival, being hosted by the newly set-up Dhara Sriradha Foundation, is an attempt to present the literary compositions of legendary poet of Orissa, Mangala Prasad Pradhan, on the character and life of Radha through the Orissa’s traditional dance and music.

Following the release of Mangala Prasad Pradhan’s anthology of poems ‘Dhara Sriradha’ by the Governor, singers Nazia Alam, Nimakanta Routray and Lata Ghosh sang some of the songs from the anthology.

It was followed by Mahari dance performance by Puri-based Gayatri Khuntia and her troupe


In Odshi dance segment, city-based Legacy of Art presented a dance ballet based on Pradan’s poetry and curtains came down with an impressive presentation by the well-groomed dancers of Suravi Odissi troupe of Bhubaneswar.

A large number of singers and dancers are participating in the three-day festival of dance, music and literatire that will conclude on Wednesday.