The state capital witnessed one of the biggest confluences of Odissi dancers ever during the 7th international Odissi festival that kicked off here on Sunday. The festival started with an enthralling performance by veteran dancer Sonal Mansingh.
Organized by the Odisha Tourism and Culture Department in association with the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre, the five-day festival will have around 398 Odissi dancers and 300 musicians from across the globe.
“The main objective of the festival is to bring the legendary, established, senior and young talented Odissi dancers in to one platform in order to facilitate interaction and enrich the different aspects of the dance form,” tourism and culture secretary Ashok Tripathy said.
The festival will have 70 solo performances, 14 duet and 20 group performances. On the inaugural day, there were at least five solo performances by established dancers and two group performances and one duet, while the second day will just have performances by foreign dancers from 10 am to 2 pm.
Veteran Odissi exponents like Sonal Mansingh, Illeana Citaristi, Kumkum Mohanty, Kumkum Lal, Madhavi Mudgal, Minati Mishra, Alok Kanungo, Durga Charan Ranbir, Ramani Ranjan Jena, Minali Mishra, Kiran Sehgal and Ranjana Gauhar are scheduled to perform during the festival.
International dancers participating in the fest included Jyoti Rout, Saranya Mukhopadhaya, Nandita Behera, Gargi Chattopadhyay, Shipra Meherhotra, Shivani Kanungo, Amenda Geroy and others from the US, Maria Lora Valdez from Peru, Angelina Ukhanova and Eleonora Ukhanova from Russia and Masako Uno, Yukie Sato, Eiko Shinohara and Sachico Murakami of Japan, and Vinod Kevin Bachan from the West Indies.
“From the schedule, it becomes evident that Odissi has reached far off places and countries. The festival will also provide a unique learning platform for young artists from seniors,” said Guru Ramahari Das, chief executive of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre.
Courtesy : The Times of India
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