Konark: The five day-long Konark Festival in the open-air auditorium with the majestic Sun Temple serving as the the backdrop come to a close here on Tuesday.

Dr Kanak Rele's disciples perform Mohiniattam at Konark Festival at Konark on Tuesday. Photograph: Odishabytes
Dr Kanak Rele’s disciples perform Mohiniattam at Konark Festival at Konark on Tuesday. Photograph: Odishabytes

The valedictory evening witnessed the touching Mohiniattam in its rejuvenated form. Renowned exponent Dr Kanak Rele’s disciples in Nalanda Dance Research Centre presented superb choreography which started with invocatory Ganapati prayer. It was followed by Ritu Duruva, presenting the cycle of seasons based on Natya Sastra. The next recital was Chandan Charichita, the famous Asthapadi from Geeta Govinda. The concluding piece was Jeeva set to ecstatic choreographic pattern.

Dance drama in Odissi Ripu Parinama being staged at Konark Festival at Konark on Tuesday. Photograph: Odishabytes
Dance drama in Odissi Ripu Parinama being staged at Konark Festival at Konark on Tuesday. Photograph: Odishabytes

The dance drama in Odissi, Ripu Parinama, was staged. The choreography depicted six enemies of human beings, namely, kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (avarice), moha (attachment), mada (pride), mascharya (jealousy), which made the great kings of the mythology face their doom.

Dr Mrutyunjaya Rath and Dr Sadhana Shribastav compered the programme supported by the officers of tourism and Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy. The evening’s programme started after the ceremonial lamp lighting by additional chief secretary L N Gupta, general manager, East Coast Railway, Umesh Singh, principal secretary, tourism, Dr Mona Sharma, former bureaucrat Ashok Kumar Tripathy and director, tourism, Dr Nitin Bhanudas Jawale.

Tourism secretary Mona Sharma and additional chief secretary L N Gupta felicitating sand art artists on the concluding day of International Sand Art Festival at Konark on Tuesday. Photograph: Odishabytes
Tourism secretary Mona Sharma and other guests felicitating sand art artists on the concluding day of International Sand Art Festival at Konark on Tuesday. Photograph: Odishabytes

The International Sand Art Festival was also declared closed and the artists from within India and abroad were felicitated.

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