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BHUBANESWAR: Showcasing above 600 artistes, Odissi Sangeet Mahotsav, the annual kumbh mela of Odissi musicians, would be underway at Rabindra Mandap in the Capital from March 5 to 8. The unique event, now in its 10th year, is being hosted by Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrushna Dash Foundation set up in memory of legendary Odissi musician Balakrushna Dash by his disciples.
Foundation secretary and Akademi awardee Odissi exponent Guru Ramahari Das told this newspaper that the festival has been the only of its kind that attempts to unite the entire fraternity of Odissi singers, composers, teachers and gurus on a single platform. “Odissi music is a major Indian classical music tradition like the Hindustani and the Carnatic.
However, it is a pity that owing to lack of due patronage and publicity, it is yet to be recognised as classical. Our festival attempts to consolidate the Odissi community to popularise Odissi music besides documenting the style in its variety of regional variations,” explained Das, formerly chief executive of the State-owned Odissi Research Centre.
The festival would showcase solo, duet and group recitals and it would go on daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. without break, informed the hosts. Individual artistes apart, all the institutions imparting teaching of Odissi music across the State have been invited to join the event, they added. “We encourage participation of artistes from all over the world and every year we get troupes from the outlying Oriya tracks in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal states,” added Foundation president Sikandar Alam, eminent singer and president of the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi.
It will showcase solo, duet and group recitals
It will go on from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. without break
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