Srjan presents
OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017
Rabindra Mandap, 6.30pm
September 5 - 9, 2017 Bhubaneswar

August 28, 2017

Srjan presents the annual 5 day Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017 in Bhubaneswar. Starting with a single-day festival in 1995, the Award Festival has now grown to a 5-day celebration of scintillating performances featuring dancers, musicians and a dance recital by Srjan's own repertoire group on the final day. The aim is to give Odisha audience an exposure to classical fare of the highest level; to sensitize captive audiences, especially the younger section and students, so that an enthusiasm for the subtle flavours of classicism is planted in them.

The 'NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017' carrying a purse of Rs.1 lakh each and citation, will be presented to two eminent personalities Guru Dhruba Charan Biswal in the field of dance and Shyamamani Devi in the field of music. The 'NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman 2017' with a cash prize of Rs.25,000 each will be presented to Lingaraj Pradhan (Bhubaneswar) and Namrata Mehta (Mumbai) for Odissi dance, Jyotsna Jagannathan (Bangalore) for Bharatanatyam and Jateen Kumar Sahoo (Mumbai) for Odissi music. The award ceremony takes place on September 9, 2017.

Dates: September 5 - 9, 2017
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
Time: 6.30pm

5th September 2017
Classical Dance Trio

Daksha Mashruwala, Mumbai (Odissi)
Uma Dogra, Mumbai (Kathak)
Vaibhav Arekar, Mumbai (Bharatanatyam)

Carnatic Music Jugalbandi

Annada Prasanna Pattanaik

Pushpa Kashinath
Annada Prasanna Pattanaik, Bangalore (flute)
Pushpa Kashinath, Bangalore (veena)
Udayaraj Karpur (tabla accompaniment)

6th September 2017

Navia Natarajan, USA
Accompaniment: Vocal: Nandini Sharma, Mridangam: Vedakrishnaram, Nattuvangam: Jayasree Ramanathan, Violin: Kalaiarasan

Tabla recital

Ojas Adhiya, Mumbai
Harmonium accompaniment: Siddhesh Bicholkar

7th September 2017
Musical Fusion

"Shivagni", Bhubaneswar
Satchidananda Das (mardala), Kulamani Sahoo (tabla), Biswaranjan Nanda (tabla)
Srinibas Satapathy (flute), Agnimitra Behera (violin), Kshiti Prakash Mohapatra (vocal)
Deba Ranjan Nayak (guitar), Samir Ranjan Pradhan (percussion), Bikashita Sahu (drums)
Ramesh Chandra Behera (keyboard)

8th September 2017

Sanjukta Sinha, Ahmedabad
Accompaniment: Tabla: Mohit Gangani, Pakhawaj: Ashish Gangani, Vocal: Samiullah Khan,
Sarangi: Kamal Khan

Carnatic Vocal

Ranjani Balasubramanian & Gayatri Balasubramanian, Chennai
Accompaniment: Violin: H.M. Smitha, Mridangam: K. Saigiridhar

9th September 2017
Presentation of:
NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2017
It is widely accepted that it was the revered Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra who almost single-handedly resurrected Odissi dance from near extinction. The man who started life as an impoverished mason, rose to merit a Padma Vibhushan award for his seminal contribution to Odissi dance. Paramount among the many initiatives closest to his heart was the annual "Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award" and in memoriam, we remember his affection and abiding concern for fellow artistes and colleagues in the plastic and performing Arts. The Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award has been instituted in the year 1995 by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, son and disciple of Kelubabu and the Director of Srjan, to confer recognition on two individuals for their contribution to fields of Dance, Music, Cinema and Theatre. This is the 23rd year of the GKCM Award. The award carries a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000 and a citation.

NALCO Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Prativa Samman
Srjan derives its inspiration from the fountainhead of Odissi dance of our times-Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. In his own life Guruji demonstrated an unparalleled dedication to his craft, to his performance, to his students. In instituting the Yuva Prativa Samman, Srjan's primary focus is to revive the all important role of the solo dancer in the classical idiom; it is the solo performance in Indian classical dance which unveils the very soul of classical dance and brings to life the individual brilliance that the dancer lives for, and strives for, constantly. The effort is to instill a continuing sense of purpose in the young dancer, a determination to overcome all odds, to push oneself to the very peak of perfection, time after time. The award carries a cash award of Rs. 25,000 and a citation.

Cultural program

"Mahanayaka Bijayananda"
A thematic presentation of Life & work of Sri Biju Patnaik in Odissi dance by Srjan Ensemble.

A brave and dynamic leader of the masses, his magnetic personality and dedication shaped his destiny as a political luminary with a huge following. His raw courage and fearlessness in the face of adversity is the stuff of legend. In fact, it was a big challenge for Srjan to encapsulate in the choreography, the many and varied aspects of this supreme hero (Mahanayaka) and a colossal personality of our times, Biju Patnaik. Uncommonly kind and generous by nature, he readily shared the joys and sorrows of the people. His very name, "Bijayananda" (victorious in bringing joy) speaks eloquently of his many deeds aimed at spreading happiness among the common folk. Thus his name Bijayananda was vey apt.

Choreography: Ratikant Mohapatra
Music: Lakshmikant Palit
Script: Jayadev Das
Lyrics: Nityananda Misra

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