Odissi International 2016 (Biswa Odissi Utsav)
Bhanja Kala Mandap, 10am - 10pm
Dec 20 - 24, 2016 Bhubaneswar
December 19, 2016
Showcasing nearly 300 Odissi dancers and delegates from 17 countries, the capital city of Bhubaneswar would host Odissi International – the 7th annual international Odissi dance festival – from December 20 to 24 at Bhanja Kala Mandap auditorium near Odisha State Museum, daily from 10 am to 10 pm. The event is being hosted by 27 year old cultural organization Samskritiki in collaboration with various Odissi dance institutes of the world.
The objective of the festival is to unite the ever growing global Odissi family in the land of Odissi once every year and to encourage the dancers to discover the cultural roots of the dance tradition. It further aims at promoting cultural tourism and fostering friendship among people of different countries and cultures through this annual union and celebration in the land of Odissi.
The countries being represented in Odissi International this year include Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and USA apart from India.
The festival will feature performances by several acclaimed dancers like the legendary Kumkum Mohanty, Aruna Mohanty and Sujata Mohapatra. It will further feature four Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Prativa Puraskar award winners of the Central Government who are internationally known young and acclaimed dancers – Leena Mohanty, Rahul Acharya, Lingaraj Pradhan and Rajashree Praharaj.
Eminent Odissi Guru Durga Charan Ranbir would be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival for his pioneering contribution to Odissi. Besides, Ambassador of Odissi Award will be presented to senior-most Russian Odissi dancer Vitalina Lobach for promoting Odissi abroad.
THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF GURU RAMANI RANJAN JENA WHO PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR.
Chairperson: Guru Ramhari Das, Convener: Kedar Mishra
Festival Director: Shyamhari Chakra + 91 9437108815