The famous Konark Festival 2015 and International Sand Art Festival was inaugurated at the Open Air Auditorium at Konark with the famous Sun Temple at the back drop and the serene Chandrabhaga sea shore respectively on Tuesday.

Dancers of Srijan under the guidance of Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra presented‘Vande Mataram’ a glowing tribute to mother India as the first item of the Konark Festival. 

‘Yugmadwanda Pallavi’, a pure dance based on ‘Rag Bageshree’. ‘Ardhanarishwara’ based on the composition of Adi Guru Sankaracharya described the iconographyof the image – a fusion of Shiva and Shakti – followed it. 

Odissi dance was followed by Manipuri classical dance by the artists of Jawaharlal Nehuru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal.

The dancers presented Lai Haraoba, the annual festival dance of the Meiteis, the inhabitants of the valley in Manipur.