Srjan presents 25th edition of
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival
Rabindra Mandap, 7pm
Sept 5- 11, 2019 Bhubaneswar
August 22, 2019
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra founded Srjan in 1993. And paramount among the many initiatives closest to his heart was the annual 'Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award'. In memoriam, Srjan remembers his affection and abiding concern for fellow artistes and colleagues in Dance, Theatre, Music and Cinema.
The Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award is tasked to recognize due artistic merit in the environment of Art and culture: the honour bestowed on the artiste is accompanied by a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000. Being the 25th year celebrations, this year instead of the two awards presented each year, Srjan presents four such awards this year. In addition to the above, the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman which carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each will be given to four exceptionally talented young performing artistes under the age of 40 years in the field of classical dance and Odissi music.
The Award Festival has always been organised with one specific aim – to create and sustain awareness of our classical traditions in dance and music. In this, Srjan has always shared Guruji's deep interest in Hindustani and Carnatic art forms and his known enthusiasm for presenting artistes from other creative areas. Starting with a single day festival in 1995 (24 years ago), the Award Festival has now grown to a 5 day celebration of scintillating performances featuring 9 artistes and a dance recital by Srjan's own repertory group. This year to celebrate 25 years of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award festival, the fest runs for 7 days from 5th to 11th September 2019. The aim here is to give Odisha audience an exposure to classical fare of the highest level; to sensitise captive audiences, especially the younger section and students, so that an enthusiasm for the subtle flavours of classicism is planted in them.
- Group Odissi dance by Gunjan Dance Academy, Cuttack
Guru: Meera Das
- Ghazals: Anup Jalota, Mumbai
- Fusion of Hindustani classical music
Deepak Pandit, Mumbai (violin), Paras Nath, Mumbai (flute) , U. Rajesh, Bangalore, (mandolin)
- Group Odissi dance by Suravi, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Pitambera Biswal
- Group Odissi dance by Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Aruna Mohanty
- Hindustani music: Ustad Sabir Khan, Mumbai (sarangi), Ishan Ghosh, Mumbai (tabla)
- Odissi solo by Niharika Mohanty, USA
- Group Odissi dance by Rudrakshya Foundation, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Bichitrananda Swain
- Hindustani Vocal by Indrani Mukherjee, Kolkata; Apurba Mukherjee (tabla), Gourab Chatterjee (harmonium)
- Group Odissi dance by Soor Mandir, Cuttack
Guru: Jyotsna Rani Sahoo
- Group Odissi dance by Tridhara, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Gajendra Panda
9th September 2019
- Hindustani music by Devasmita Bhattacharya, Kolkata (sarod)
- Group Odissi dance by Nupura, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Niranjan Rout
- Group Odissi dance by Art Vision, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Dr.Ileana Citaristi
10th September 2019
- Odissi vocal by Guru Bijaya Kumar Jena, Bhubaneswar; Guru Satchidananda Das (mardala)
- Odissi dance duet by Guru Ashok Ghosal and Bandita Ghosal, Bhubaneswar
- Group Odissi dance by Nrutyayana, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Durgacharan Ranbir
11th September 2019
- Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2019 and Yuva Prativa Samman 2019 presentation
- Group Odissi dance NAMAMI GANGE by Srjan Ensemble, Bhubaneswar
Guru: Ratikant Mohapatra
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award
The Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award was instituted in 1995 by Ratikant Mohapatra, son and disciple of Kelubabu and the Director of Srjan, to confer recognition on an individual for his contribution in extensive areas in the performing arts. For the last 24 years the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award has been presented to different artistes in the field of Dance, Music, Cinema and Theatre. Achievements in these areas are attributable to one's sincerity, self-confidence, and perseverance. However, in spite of these enduring qualities, dreams are sometimes shattered due to inadequate finance, illness, improper food etc. Many great achievers have experienced this in their struggle to carve out a niche for themselves. Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra is no exception.
Born in an impoverished family, Kelucharan played the roles of a servant, labour, mason, actor and dancer to make both ends meet. Guruji's struggle in his early life on many fronts, gave him the idea that a cash award, however limited in scope, would provide a psychological fillip through recognition and acknowledgement of a lifetime's labour in the service of art. At its inception 24 years ago, the award amount was a humble Rs.10,000. Since 2016 the festival has a respectable allocation of Rs.1,00,000 each to two awardees. In the interim (2000 to 2009) as many as 28 awardees have received Rs.25,000 each and (2010 to 2015) as many as 14 awardees have received Rs.50,000 each. The underlying principle of this award is also to generate a fellow feeling amongst the performing artistes who can, individually and severally, focus all their energies into taking their art to splendid heights, through mutual consultation and collaboration.
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Prativa Samman
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.
SRJAN (Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa)
Srjan, which was founded in 1993 by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, is one of India's premier Odissi dance institutions. Srjan symbolises Guruji's humble offering of the classicism of Odissi dance, music, and percussion to our rich national ethos. Under the direction of Ratikant Mohapatra, Srjan continues to maintain high standards of performance and professionalism, imparting nuanced training in the classical Odissi style, while acquainting varied audiences with new and innovative compositions. The Srjan dance ensemble, one of the premier Odissi repertory groups of India, performs extensively at prestigious festivals across the country and abroad, presenting compositions in the neo-classical Odissi style, designed to attract the larger public through fast-paced movements, innovations in dance and music, and the depiction of popular themes. A vital aspect of Srjan's functions is dance teaching, enriched by a well-stocked library, video and print archives with unique compositions of Guruji. The training schedules are rigorous, involving dance practice, exercises, an understanding of Odissi music and rhythm (tala), and an overview of the Indian classical heritage and its value system. Srjan also hosts a number of annual classical dance and music festivals including the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival, Samsmaranam jointly organised by Srjan and Guruji's disciples to mark his death anniversary, Antardrishti celebrating Guruji's birth anniversary, and Upasaranam, an annual showcasing of the young students of Srjan.
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