Jamshedpur, Dec. 13: To provide platform to the budding artists of Jharkhand and other eastern states, �Navodit Mahotsav� is being organized at Rabindra Bhawan in Sakchi from December 12 to 14. The three-day music and dance festival is being organized by Eastern Zonal Cultural Center (EZCC), a unit of the Union Ministry for Culture.
On the first day of the festival eight, presentations were made by artists from Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, Assam, Bihar, Manipur and union territory of Andaman and Nicobar.
Earlier, the event was jointly inaugurated by EZCC, Director, Dr. Om Prakash Bharti, Durga Prasad Murmu, Kala Mandir�s AK Mitra and Deepak Mitra. Dr. Bharti said the program is totally dedicated to the budding artists. There is huge pressure on us from the western countries and people in India quickly adopt the western culture. To help preserve our art and culture this festival provides a small effort.
He said that the major thrust of the festival is to identify and promote the young and upcoming artists of the eastern part of the country by providing them a platform. The inaugural day witnessed nine music and dance events beginning with the stupendous Kathak dance performance by Sunita Oran followed by Odissi performed by Sulagna Roy.
The festival started with Seraikela Chhau �Chandrabhabha� wherein artist Pradeep Kumar Kavi presented the dance in three parts this was followed by Odissi dance by Sualgna Rai of Bengal.
Puja Poddar from Bengal presented Bharat Natyan Mallari along with Ganesh Vandana. Amrita Sengupta of Bengal presented Bharat Natyam.