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Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra's Birthday Celebrations
In the field of dance the year 2001 definitely belongs to Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. In the course of the last six months four different celebrations were held in his honour in different parts of India. It all started with the book release function at the India International Centre in Delhi on 29 April coinciding with the International Dance Day. On this occasion a book on his life and times, titled The Making of a Guru (see Sruti 204), was released by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan in the presence of the guru himself and the Italian Ambassador to India, Bennedetto Amari. The book release was followed by a dance recital by Ileana Citaristi who performed the item Ekalavya as a fitting tribute to the master. Kelucharan Mohapatra then performed his favourite item Kuru Yadunandana from the Geeta Gouinda.
The other three functions were in celebration of his 75th birth anniversary which falls sometime during the year although the exact date is not known. The first function, called Pradakshina, was held on Guru Poornima day, on 5 and 6 July at Kamani Hall in New Delhi, organised jointly by all his students from all over India and co-ordinated by the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (see Sruti 204).
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