Kelucharan Mohapatra awards presented

Chief Minister presents awards to two exponents

The 18{+t}{+h}annual Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra memorial festival of dance and music being hosted here by the city-based Srjan Odissi dance institution has concluded with presentation of the prestigious annual Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra awards to two prominent arts exponents of the State – Ramachandra Pratihari for theatre and Birabara Sahoo for dance.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the chief guest of the concluding evening, presented the awards.

Each of the awards carried a cash of Rs.50,000 apart from citation and a memento. Guru Kelucharan was a rare gem in the world of performing arts, the Chief Minister said .

Four awards

The awards were instituted according to the wishes of the Guru who wanted great artistes of his State to be duly honoured, revealed festival director and the Guru’s son Ratikant Mohapatra. Earlier, four awards were being presented for dance, music, theatre and cinema every year, he added.

Veteran theatre personality Ramachandra Pratihari of Puri, the awardee of the year for theatre, is known for his intimate association and commitment to the Annapurna Theatre of Puri.

He is the recipient of the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Jayadev Puraskar, State’s highest honour for contribution to Odia cinema.

Similarly, Gotipua Guru Birabara Sahoo, the pioneer of the unique dance form – exclusive to Odisha – has been a State and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee.

Among others, Tourism and Culture Minister Maheswar Mohanty, Secretary of Tourism and Culture A.K.Tripathy and festival director Ratikant Mohapatra were present. Legends and veterans like Bharatanatyam dancer Vyjayantimala Bali, ghazal sensation A. Hariharan, percussion exponent Karaikudi Mani, Odissi exponent Madhavi Mudgal and Kuchipudi exponent Manju Bhargavee performed at the festival.

Ramachandra Pratihari gets the award for theatre and Birabara Sahoo for dance

Each award carries cash of Rs.50,000 apart from citation and a memento

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