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.
Smt Bai has been chosen for this Award for her contribution to project, propagate, promote and popularize Indian Folk music across the Globe. The earlier years Awardees were Thankamani Kutty, Pandit Birju Mahara, Pandit Jasraj, Sj. Ratan Thiyam, Hema Malini, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Raghunath Mohapatra.
Teejan Bai will be presented the Award during the Closing Day of Two Days long Bharatmuni Festival being held at Bhanja Kala Mandap in Bhubaneswar on 15 th and 16 th December 2016 at 6.30. P.M. This year the Festival will showcase the scintillating performances of renowned artistes from both Dance and Music field.
The 1st evening on 15th 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 on 16th 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.
The Mega Event will conclude with the Power Packed Folklore recital by the Super Star attraction of the show of Teejan Bai, said the Trustee of the Host KalingayanaTouryatrikam and eminent Odissi Dancer Puspita Mishra.