Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav to begin from February 6 | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

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BHUBANESWAR: The three-day 17th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav will be organised at the foothills of Dhauli from February 6 to 8 this year.
The festival, which showcases both classical dance and martial art forms, is being organised by Odisha Tourism and Odisha Dance Academy (ODA) in association with Art Vision, Bhubaneswar, in compliance with the Covid-19 norms.
The organisers have decided to have around 500 seats instead of the usual 2,000 to maintain social distancing. “We will also install sanitisation machines. Everyone will have to wear a mask. The entry to the venue is restricted,” director (tourism) Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav said here on Friday.
Jadav added that the pandemic has affected all economic activities, including tourism and culture. “When the economy picks up, tourism picks up and so do cultural celebrations,” he said.
The festival will be streamed live on social media channels and broadcast on Doordarshan. “The digital medium has been very helpful to the artistes in the last one year with thousands of viewers watching them online,” ODA director Aruna Mohanty said.
Odissi will be performed by the dancers from Orissa Dance Academy and Art Vision in Bhubaneswar and Nrutya Nilaya, in Angul on different days. Kathak will be presented by the Upasana Centre of Dance in Kolkata, Bharatnatyam by Bharatanjali in Chennai and Kuchipudi by Shambhavi School of Dance in Bengaluru.
Smrithi Krishnamoorthy, who will perform Bharatnatyam, said it would be her first stage performance after several online shows amid the pandemic. “Though I am not vaccinated, it feels safe because the government is organising the programme by following all the Covid-19 norms.”
Martial art forms like Mayurbhanj Chhau will be presented by Aangika, Bhubaneswar, Purulia Chhau by Kalipada Chhau Nritya Samity, Purulia, and Sareikala Chhau by Acharya Chhau Nrutya Bichitra, New Delhi. “All the three forms of Chhau have different techniques and presentation styles. While the Purulia form is colourful and gorgeous, the Sareikela Chhau is more lyrical, poetic and controlled. The Mayurbhanj one focusses on body movements,” noted danseuse Ileana Citaristi said.
Mohanty also announced that this year’s Buddha Samman would go to eminent Odissi vocalist Guru Gopal Chandra Panda. The award carrying Rs 1 lakh cash award, a citation and an angavastra has been sponsored by Ruchi Prativa Foundation and ODA. ‘
The Guru Gangadhar Smruti Samman will be bestowed upon renowned Carnatic veena player Guru K Rama Rao Patra, Odissi danseuse Snehaprava Samantray, journalist Shyamhari Chakra and posthumously on sound designer and music arranger Tarakanta Panda.

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