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Tijan Bai bags Bharatmuni Award-2016

Bhubaneswar, Dec 14: Renowned Pandavani folk singer Padmabhushan Tijan Bai will be conferred with the prestigious Bharatmuni Samman 2016 on Friday at the Bhanja Kala Mandap.

Bai will be the eighth cultural cult figure to receive this coveted national honour. Instituted by Bhubaneswar-based cultural Organisation Kalingayana Touryatrikam, the award is presented annually to a nationally acclaimed artiste as a tribute to Sage Bharatmuni, whose magnum opus Natyashastra is treated as 5th Veda.

Bai has been chosen for this award for her contribution to project, propagate, promote and popularize Indian Folk music across the Globe.

Earlier, Thankamani Kutty, Pandit Birju Mahara, Pandit Jasraj, Sj. Ratan Thiyam, Hema Malini, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Raghunath Mohapatra were conferred with the prestigious award.

Bai will be presented the award during the valedictory function of a two-day Bharatmuni Festival to be held at the Bhanja Kala Mandap in Bhubaneswar on Friday and Saturday.

This year the Festival will showcase the scintillating performances of renowned artistes from both Dance and Music field. The first evening pf will feature Odissi Vocal by celebrated singer Sangita Gosain, Odissi Dance Jugalbandi by Purnashree Rout and Lucky Mohanty, Odissi Dance by Pushpa Ranjan Mangaraj and Sattriya Dance by Lima Das.

During the second evening the audience will be enthralled by the prolific performances of recently Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Winner Odissi Danseuse Aloka Kanungo, Odissi exponent Dipti Mishra and Bharatnatyam Dancer Ranjani Ganesan Ramesh, said trustee of the host Kalingayana Touryatrikam and eminent Odissi dancer Puspita Mishra.                                                                             

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