Bhubaneswar: The three-day 17th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav-2021 will be organised at the foothills of Dhauli with Covid-19 protocols in place from February 6.
The Mahotsav will be hosted by Odisha Tourism Department and Orissa Dance Academy (ODA) in association with Art Vision.
The festival will have performances on classical, folk, or martial dances.
The festival will be a true celebration of the epithet ‘unity in diversity’ wherein more than 300 artistes belonging to various art forms of Indian dance tradition will perform. The Mahotsav this year will feature apart from Odissi, Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi and martial dance Chhau.
Odissi will be performed by Padma Shri Guru Aruna Mohanty from Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, Kathak by Ashimbandhu Bhattacharjee from Upasana Centre for Dance, Kolkata, Mayurbhanj Chhau by Sadashiva Pradhan from Aangika, Bhubaneswar, Odissi by Ileana Citaristi from Art Vision, Bhubaneswar, Bharatnatyam by Anitha Guha from Bharatanjali, Chennai, Purulia Chhau by Susanta Mahato from Kalipada Chhau Nritya Samity, Purulia, Odissi by Swapna Rani Sinha from Nrutya Nilaya, Anugul, Kuchipudi by Vyjayanthi Kashi from Shambhavi School of Dance, Bengaluru and Seraikella Chhau by Shashadhar Acharya from Acharya Chhau Nritya Bichitra, New Delhi.
This year eminent Odissi Vocal exponent Guru Pt. Gopal Chandra Panda will be conferred with the prestigious ‘Buddha Samman’.
This award carries a citation, anga bastra, and cash award of Rs 1, 00,000.
Besides, the prestigious Gangadhar Pradhan Smruti Samman will be conferred on four eminent personalities of different fields.
They are Guru K. Rama Rao Patro, renowned Carnatic Veena player; Dr Snehaprava Samantray, eminent Odissi danseuse; Shri Shyamahari Chakra, noted journalist and dance critic, and posthumously to Late Tarakanta Panda, renowned sound Designer & music arranger. Each of them will receive a citation, anga bastra and cash award of Rs 25,000.