The award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs.10, 000

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to spot hidden talent and promote solo Odissi dancers, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Prativa Samman will be awarded to a young artiste every year.

The award has been instituted by the Kolkata chapter of Srjan, the dance institution founded by Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra.

Contest dates

It is now being run by his son Guru Ratikant Mohapatra and daughter-in-law and noted danseuse Sujata Mohapatra here.

The award that carries a citation and a cash award of Rs.10, 000 will be presented to the best performer of an Odissi dance competition scheduled to be held in Kolkata on December 2 and 3, announced Mr. Ratikant.

Any young Odissi dancer in the age group of 16 to 28 from India and abroad will be eligible for participation in the competition, he added.

The award will be presented during the Deesha dance festival being held on January 8 next year in Kolkata to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Kelucharan.

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