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Cultural event staged to welcome the New Year

Perfect poise: Odissi dancer Geetanjali Acharya performs at Nuabarsha Namaskar, a cultural event staged in Bhubaneswar to welcome the New Year.  

City-based Timepass Publications staged ‘Nuabarsha Namaskar', a unique cultural event showcasing dance, literature and theatre, at Rabindra Mandap on Saturday evening to welcome the New Year.

Conceptualised by Timepass founder, writer and literary editor Saroj Bal, the event was collectively inaugurated by Jnanapith awardee poet Sitakant Mohapatra, veteran theatre personality Asim Basu, popular columnist and writer Adhyapak Biswaranjan and Odisha Sahitya Akademi Secretary Bijay Nayak. The event - dedicated to the memory of prolific writer-actor-sculptor Jagannath Das who has passed away 40 years ago at the age of 40, commenced with Odissi recital by young and gifted dancer Geetanjali Acharya who staged an invocatory number dedicated to Goddess Saraswati.

It was followed by poetry recitation by Pabitra Panigrahi, Bimal Jena, Sunanda Panda and Banoj Tripathy who recited poems penned by late Das.

A number of books penned by popular writers were released on the occasion. It included books by late Das, Ganeswar Mishra, Ajay Swain, Bijay Malla and Adhyapak Biswaranjan. The event concluded with staging of the play ‘Astasurya' scripted by late Das and directed by Prasant Mohapatra. Saroj Bal and Rupsa Mohapatra anchored the programme.