North Eastern Railway upset host East Coast Railway 3-2 in the men's opening match of the 58th Men and 35th Women All India Railway Volleyball Championship at Railway Stadium here this evening. Last three year's runners-up East Coast Railway put up stiff fight before going down 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 25-12, 12-15. The championship was earlier inaugurated by East Coast Railway General Manager Indra Ghosh in the presence of East Coast Railway Women's Welfare Organisation president Ratna Ghosh, Principal secretary Injeti Srinivas and Executive Director of Railway Sports Promotion Board Jhanja Tripathy. Eminent railway sports personalities Ashok Diwan, Lochana Munda and Supriya Routray were felicitated on the occasion. State Billiards & Snooker Championship: Das retains title, Padhy regains Cuttack: Subrat Das of Bhubaneswar won the senior billiards title for the fifth time in a row in the 19th State Billiards & Snooker Championship at Cuttack Club here today. Das won all three of his semifinal league matches to emerge champion, while Kunal Agarwal, also from Bhubaneswar, finished runner-up with two wins. Bhubaneswar lad Ashutosh Padhy regained the junior snooker crown, defeating Biswa Prakash Sahoo in the final by 2-0 frames. Padhy, who earlier emerged champion in junior billiards, thus clinched a title double. Group-B Ranji Match: Railways struggle against Punjab Bhubaneswar, Nov 17: Host Railways overcame a miserable start to make 193 for seven at stumps on the opening day of their four-day Group-B Ranji Match against Punjab here at the East Coast Railway Stadium here today. Put into bat, Railways lost their openers A Paunikar and V Cheluvaraj with only 16 runs on the board. But a fighting 41 by N Bhille and modest contributions by Ashish Yadav, P Madkaikar and K Upadhyay helped them overcome the early damage. At the close of play, Upadhyay and Murali Kartik were batting on 32 and 21 respectively. M Gony, Sandeep Sharma and S Kaul picked up two wickets apiece for Punjab. Gotipua dance fest concludes Bhubaneswar: The three-day long Gotipua dance festival came to an end with an exciting evening at Rabindra Mandap here on Saturday. The concluding evening featured the scintillating performances by three Gotipua groups namely, Natyambar from Dimirisena, Brahmagiri; Odisha Dance Akademi, Gotipua Gurukul, Dhauli and Laxmipriya Gotipua Nrutyakendra, Balipatna. The last item of the evening, which added the flavor to the taste was the Jaga Akhada Sangeet, a typical group singing nurtured in the gymnasiums at different streets of Puri. The first programme started with Guruvandana, an invocatory piece in praise of the Guru by the artists of Natyambar, followed by Badya Pallavi and Swara Pallavi, pure dance items normally performed by the Gotipuas. In abhinnaya, the artists performed on the song Aaja Mu Dekhili Ghanshyamaku followed by the acrobatic skills called Bandha Nrutya. The small boys of Dimirisena, a place where this Gotipua act was being nurtured over the years, presented the typical nuances of Gotipua dance much to the joy and ecstasy of the audience. In the second phase, the Gotipua artists of Odisha Dance Akademi Gotipua Gurukula, Dhauli began their programme with Sa Re Ga Ma Pallavi, followed by three abhinnayas on songs Dekha Go Radha Madhaba Chali, Bitilata Jamini and Sukumari Ange Kalasa. The last item in the repertoire was “Bandha Nrutya”, which was elegantly executed with ease and precision. The programme of the last group, Laxmipriya Gotipua Nrutyakendra, commenced with Panchadeva Stuti, followed by Pallavi and then two abhinnayas Na Tejibi Muralidhara and Janaka Maharishi Hasina Kahanti. They ended their programme with Bandha dance, displaying some beautiful formations. The three-day festival vibrated with colour, rhythm and grandeur, regaled the audience who responded overwhelmingly to this beautifully designed and orchestrated performance with a befitting ambience of Pattachitra at the backdrop. The scintillating abhinnayas, mostly related to Krishna Leela, with pure dance movements kept the visitors spellbound for three days leaving an indelible imprint in their minds to wait for another one year. The Gurus and the masters, who through their sustained efforts produced such talents, are master Siddheswar Muduli, master Basant Moharana, Guru Birabara Sahoo, Guru Jayakrushna Nayak, Guru Chintamani Rout, master Banamber Swain, master Bijay Kumar Sahoo, Guru Satyapira Palai, master Goutam Mohapatra, master Chitrasena Swain, master Laxmidhar Swain, master Prabhat Swain and Guru Lingaraj Barik. Among others, Prof Amiya Pattnaik, vice chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, Dr Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi, eminent Odissi dance exponent and former vice chancellor, Sambalpur University; Ashok Kumar Tripathy, principal secretary, tourism and culture, Sushil Kumar Das, director, culture, Arati Mishra, eminent singer, Batakrushna Tripathy, former IG Police; Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, director, Srjan and Prof Ramahari Das, chief executive Odissi Research Centre were present. The programme was compered by Dr Mrutunjay Rath, Dr Mitali Chinara and Mamata Panigrahi.