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15th Feb, 2017: Odissi dance performance by Padamshree Geeta Mahalik

 
Cultural Society of P.G. Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh in collaboration with SPICMACAY and Chandigarh SangeetNatakAkademi organised a Classical Dance performance today. The Dean of the college, Dr. Rama Arora, Vice-Principal, Mr.Kanwar Iqbal along with PadamshreeGeetaMahalik, Sh. Kamal Arora, Chairman SangeetNatak Academy and other dignitaries lighted the ceremonial lamp.
PadamshreeGeetaMahalik, a renowned Odissi Dancer  gave a mesmerising  performance along with her troupe in the college auditorium. She was accompanied by Sh. Prafull Dash on Pakhawaj, Sh. Prasant on vocal and Sh. Dheeraj Pandey on Flute. She commenced her dance performance with ManglaCharan, followed by Shiv Stuti,pure dancePallaviand enacted various Hast-Mudrasand Bhav (expressions) which kept the audience spell-bound. She portrayed the story of Ramayana based on the poetry of Swati Tirunaalji that enthralled the audience. This was followed by an interactive session with the students.
PadamshreeGeetaMahalik is one of the most outstanding exponents of Odishi dance in India and is therecipient of Padamshree Award from Government of India, Central SangeetNatakAkademi Award and Odisha State SangeetNatakAkademi Award for her life-long contribution to Odishi dance. She has also been awarded with Gramini Award, PallishreeSamman, Odisha Cine Critics’ Award, Guru PankajCharan Das Award, Guru Deba Prasad Dash Award, SurabhiSamman, Savitri Award and awards from India-Canada Cultural Association, Jagannath Society of America and Odisha Society of Americas.
She has performed in all the major dance festivals of the countrylike Khajuraho, Ellora, Elephanta, Konarka, Ganga Mahotsav, she has also performed across the globe in many countries such as USA, Germany, France, China, East & West Africa etc., and has won many accolades for her innovative choreography in dance-dramas like Lavanyavati, Krishnabhilasha, Draupadi: AntimPrashna, Urvashi and VishnupadaRasamrita. She is also the Founder-Director of Geeta’sUpasana, a Society for the Promotion of Performing Arts.
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