Duration: 00:13:10; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 21.782; Saturation: 0.199; Lightness: 0.198; Volume: 0.398; Cuts per Minute: 5.160
Summary: The 3rd International Odissi Festival was organised by IPAP between December 26 - 30, 2006 in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to the memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the festival also saw the construction of a gigantic open-air dance theatre in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya campus. The daylong performances included leading and upcoming Odissi dancers. The festival also made space for seminars, Odissi music and lecture demonstrations.
Late Guru Gangadhar Pradhan's training began at the age of six where he was given to the Balunkeswar temple in the village of Dimirisena (Puri district, Orissa) to be trained as a gotipua dancer. He was trained by Guru Banchhanidhi Pradhan, Pt. Chandra Shekhar Pattnaik, Guru Mahadeva Rout and Guru Birabara Sahoo. He completed his Natya Acharya course in Odissi from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. He received further training in Odissi under the able guidance of Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Guru Debaprasad Das, Dr. Minati Mishra and Shri Dhirendra Nath Pattnaik. He mastered the delicate nuances and the subtleties of the Odissi dance form none other than Padma Bibhusan Kelucharan Mohapatra. He received intensive training in Mardala under the tutelage of the legendary maestro Singhari Shyama Sundar Kar and Guru Banamali Maharana . after his brief stint in Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and Odissi Rearch Centre, Bhubaneswar, He has been imparting training to hundreds of his disciples across the globe. Guru Gangadhar Pradhan has traveled widely to all corners of globe and is the founder of Orissa Dance Academy and Konark Natya Mandap. A recepient of State Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1993 and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1998 and the Padmashri in 2008.