Odissi dancers enthral at Mukteswar Dance Festival

Bhubaneswar: A treat for dance lovers, the annual Mukteswar Dance Festival is being held at the Mukteswar Temple in Bhubaneswar. Odissi enthusiasts coming in large numbers are enthralled to see the mesmerizing performances of some talented and reputed dancers in this three-day festival.

On the first day of the event, Namrata Meheta’s solo Odissi performance along with duet dance show by Bijan Palei and Rudraprasad Swain and a group show by Rojalin Mohapatra’s troupe mesmerized the gathering.

The second day of the Mukteswar Dance Festival was even more fascinating for the dance lovers. The evening started with ‘Panchabhuta’ and ‘Rudra Mangala’ performance by  Shalini Pattanayak. Shipra Swain and Aishwarya Singhdeo then performed ‘Pallavi’ and ‘Ardhanariswar’. The final event of the evening was ‘Padmavati’ and ‘Kanchiabhijan’ by Debamitra Sengupta and group from Kolkata.

The Mukteswar Dance Festival is organised every year by the Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha to celebrate the Odissi dance form and the State’s culture at the premises of the 10th century Mukteswar Temple.

The dance festival was inaugurated on Sunday and will conclude today with solo dance show by Gayatri Chand, duet performance by Sarita Mishra and Manisha Manaswini and group performance by Bichitrananda Swain and Group.