16th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival 2022
Rabindra Mandap, 6.30pm
Oct 28-30, 2022 Bhubaneswar
October 25, 2022
Tridhara has been organizing the Guru Debaprasad Award festival regularly for the last 15 years in remembrance of legendary and revered Guru Debaprasad Das. For this festival, Tridhara has been inviting international reputed artistes across the country and from abroad. They have also been inviting reputed critics to disseminate outstanding outputs at the world level through media. It is one of the remarkable festivals that attract a good impact among art lovers in India and abroad.
This year the 16TH GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD FESTIVAL 2022 is scheduled to be held from 28th - 30th October 2022 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6.30pm onwards.
Guru Debaprasad Das will always be remembered for his role in the revival of Odissi dance. The objective of organizing this award festival is to confer the awards on legendary Gurus and artistes in the field of classical dance and music and also showcase and promote Odissi dance, a synthetic gharana of Guru Debaprasad taking to the essence of tribal and folk traditions. The institute TRIDHARA is very apt since the three streams of folk, tribal and traditional Odissi dances are amalgamated in Guruji's Gharana and they are frequently manifested in Guru Gajendra Panda's choreography, mirroring both the sensuous lasya aspect and the dynamic tandava aspect.
This year the GURU DEBAPRASAD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will be conferred on Dr. Sonal Mansingh, eminent classical dance exponent; GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD will be conferred on Deepika Reddy (Kuchipudi) and Prerana Shrimali (Kathak); GURU DEBAPRASAD PRATIVA AWARD will be conferred on Tan Mei Mei, Malaysia (Odissi) & Sri Radhasyam Tarei (Sakhi Nata/ Ghuduki Nata) and GURU DEBAPRASAD SISHU PRATIVA AWARD will be conferred on Aishwaryaa Lakshmi Errisson (Malaysia) and Suhana Mishra (Puri, Odissi).
On 28th October Tridhara will present new Odissi dance choreography 'Mahalaxmi' followed by 'Vande Mataram' dedicated to 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' after which Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Atharv Bhatt will present Mohana Veena recital accompanied by Pt. Prosenjit Poddar.
On 29th October, duet Odissi dance will be performed by Ayako Sakina and Manju; Solo Odissi dance by Hananomiya Yumiko Chatani; Solo Kuchipudi dance by Deepika Reddy; Solo Odissi dance by Bagmishree Das & Lity Mahisha and Group Odissi dance by performing group of Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack.
On 30th October, the evening will start with the 16th Guru Debaprasad Award 2022 presentation ceremony, followed by Solo Kathak dance recital by Prerana Shrimali and group Odissi dance by Sutra Foundation, Malaysia.
The 16th Guru Debaprasad Award Festival 2022 has been Sponsored and Supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Tourism Department, Government of Odisha; Dept. of Odia Language, Literature and Culture, Govt. of Odisha; ONGC, Vedanta, Paradeep Phosphates Ltd., MGM Minerals, S N Kanungo Infrastructure; and Ajanta Advertisers as Outdoor Media Partner.
The Award Festival is conducted by Guru Gajendra Panda, Director, Tridhara. All the art connoisseurs are requested to witness the 3 days Award Festival program to be held at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, 6.30pm onwards. The entry is free for all.
TRIDHARA is a pioneering institution that treasures and upholds the unique style of Late Guru Debaprasad Das (founder father of Odissi dance and also Tridhara). The unique flavor of this Gharana stems from the genius of Debaprasad Das, who amalgamated a variety of tribal and folk dance elements with the traditional Odissi.
Tridhara, inspired by him, is now in the care of Guru Gajendra Panda, who almost single-handedly runs the efficient choreographing, performing and teaching institution. Today at age 55, "Gaji" is the torch-bearer of this fine, sensitive and eclectic Gharana - Tridhara. The name Tridhara is very apt since the three streams of folk, tribal and traditional Odissi dances of Odisha State are amalgamated in Guruji's Gharana and they are frequently manifested in Guru Gajendra Panda's choreography, mirroring both the sensuous lasya aspect and the dynamic tandava aspect that Deba babu was so famous for.
Guru Gajendra Panda has been regularly holding workshops on numerous aspects of the dance; he lays much emphasis on the "give and take" communication between the teacher and the taught - the "Aadaan Pradaan" that Gaji babu considers as the soul of dance teaching and practice of a traditional art form, and its adaptation to changing times.