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The music, dance and craft festivals in and around Bhubaneswar during Nov 2011 – Feb 2012

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Following is a list with some links. Please let me know if I am missing something.

  1. Gotipua Dance Festival, (15th-17th November 2011).
  2. Puri Beach Festival (23rd – 29th November 2011).
  3. Konark Festival (1st – 5th December 2011).
  4. International Sand art Festival (1st-5th December 2011).
  5. Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav (10th – 14th December 2011).
    1. Dhauli Mahotsav (10th-12th December 2011)
    2. Kalinga Mahotsav (13th-14th December 2011)
  6. Shreekhetra Utsav, Puri  (14th-25th December 2011) ???
  7. Toshali National Crafts Mela (15th – 27th December 2011).
  8. Odissi International (18th-22nd December 2011).
  9. Eastern Jatra Festival (24th – 30th December).
  10. International Odissi Dance Festival (23rd-30th December 2011).
  11. Odissi Music Festival (8th – 10th January 2012).
  12. Ekamra – the Temple City Festival (10th-20th January 2012)
    1. Mukteswar Dance Festival (14th – 16th January 2012).
    2. Rajarani Music Festival (18th – 20th January 2012).
  13. Adivasi Mela (26th January – 5th February 2012).
  14. Kharavela Mahotsava (30th January – 5th February 2012).
  15. Konark dance and music festival (19-23rd February 2012).
  16. BYOF (Bring Your Own Film) -21st -25th February 2012.
  17. Drama Season in Bhubaneswar: February – April.
  18. Samrachana: Choreography Festival (1st March to 5th March 2012).

This year some of the festivals are new. They are: Gotipua festival, Sand art festival and the Odissi music festival. All of them are great additions. 

In the future years perhaps additional festivals that would include Pala/Daskathia, Sambalpuri music, Sambalpuri dance, Chhau dance, Ghumura etc. can be included. Chhau and Ghumura may be part of the adivasi mela, but giving them a solo dance or music platform (not part of a mela) would be great.

Newspaper reports and pictures on the 2011 Gotipua festival

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Debabrata Mohanty pays tribute to Guru Gangadahara Pradhan in Indian Express

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Had it not been for his parents, Gangadhar Pradhan, renowned exponent of Odissi, who died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar last Monday, would perhaps never have chosen the dance form. Moments after he was born at Parikul, a remote village of Puri district in 1948, Gangadhar did not cry, leading to fears that he may be stillborn. Gangadhar’s peasant father, Muralidhar Pradhan, and mother, Dwitika Devi, had already lost their three sons and two daughters earlier. Muralidhar vowed that if this child survived, he would serve the presiding deity, Lord Balunkeshwar, at Dimirisena village in Puri district, for five years.

Gangadhar survived, and at the age of six years he was sent to the temple at Dimirisena, where he went through a rigorous training in Gotipua (literally meaning one boy) dance, under the direct guidance of Pandit Chandrasekhar Pattnaik.

If the late Kelucharan Mohapatra made Odissi popular to the outside world, Gangadhar, one of his first disciples, was instrumental in carrying the dance form forward and giving it institutional support. A purist to the core like his guru, Gangadhar honed his skill at playing the mardal (a percussion instrument) by learning from Singhari Shyama Sundar Kar and Guru Banamali Maharana. He learnt the text of Odissi dance from well-known scholar Dhirendra Nath Patnaik. His alma mater, Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, also played a significant role in shaping Gangadhar, who matured into a dancer-choreographer of great sensitivity and skill.

Gangadhar was the proverbial sculptor, hammering away day and night to keep the dance form robust and popular. “As a teacher, he never ran away from Odissi’s pure traditions. He was always grammatically correct and would not do anything that messed up the basic fabric of the dance form,” said noted danseuse Kumkum Mohanty.

While Kelucharan crafted his own style, Gangadhar did not follow any particular style. But it was his vision to establish Odissi as a strong art form that distinguished him from other Odissi legends.

In the late ’70s, the life of a performing artist, particularly that of a dancer, was difficult to say the least. But instead of giving up, Gangadhar came up with the idea of starting an institution. In 1975, he started the Odissi Dance Academy, later re-christened as the Orissa Dance Academy (ODA).

The academy in Bhubaneswar is the single biggest repository of Odissi dance talent, having produced over 1,000 renowned dancers so far. “In the world of Odissi, you pick any known dancer today and chances are that he/she would be a product of the ODA,” says dance critic Shyamahari Chakra. Not surprisingly, there are 35 Odissi dance schools in the world affiliated to the ODA. But his unceremonious exit a few years ago hurt him badly.

Always on the lookout for ways to popularise Odissi, Gangadhar hit upon the idea of expanding its reach through festivals. One thing that always bothered him was that Odissi dancers in Orissa did not have a platform in their own state. So, in 1986, he started the first Konark Dance & Music Festival at the Konark Sun Temple and formed the Konark Natya Mandap. The Konark Natya Mandap is now an international centre where training in Odissi, Gotipua, Chhou, Pala, vocal and instrumental music are imparted to youngsters. Several years ago, Gangadhar started the Dhauli Dance Festival. Besides these, he also started several small dance festivals such as Nimapara Dance Festival, Chilika Dance Festival, Kalinga Kala Utsav, Basanta Utsav, Boita Bandana Utsav, Bhaunri Utsav, etc. The annual Chitralekha Dance Academy Festival in Canada was also held under his stewardship.

Danseuse Aruna Mohanty, one of his first disciples, says Gangadhar was a visionary. “He found teaching Odissi his true calling,” said Mohanty.

Line drawing of the Puri Rath Yatra in 1818 conserved at the British Library: Dharitri

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Three dieties including Lord Jagannath in 32 attractive dresses: Samaja

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Samaja on Dhanu Jatra in Bargarh

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Samaja pictures of amazing Durga Puja pandals in Cuttack, Orissa

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2008-09 Festivals and Fairs Calendar (organized by OTDC)

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Sl. No.


Name of the Event





1st – 5th December 08

Konark Festival



15th – 27th December 08

Toshali National Crafts Mela



10th  – 20th January 09

EKAMRA : The Temple City Festival



10th – 11th January 09

Kalinga Mahotsav



12th – 20th January 09

International Food Festival



14th – 16th January 09

Mukteswar Dance Festival



18th – 20th January 09

Rajarani Music Festival



25th – 31st January 09

Shreekshetra Utsav



25th – 27th January 09

Shree Jayadev Odissi Sangeet  Samaroh



25th – 31st January 09

Odissi Food Festival



26th Jan – 1st February 09

Tribal Fair at Bhubaneswar

Odagaon (Nayagarh district) Raghunathji temple and festivals: Samaja

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Gaja muan festival of Parla: Dharitri

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Chandaneswar pitha near Jaleswar: Samaja

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Ratha Yatra among the world’s top ten festivals

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The top ten according to Gap Adventures, as mentioned in a Travel Bite, UK, article, is:

  • The Indian state of Orissa holds a Chariot festival in July and sees hundreds of thousands of devotees of Jagannath – the lord of the universe – gather to perform a colourful and noisy ritual.

    In the town of Puri gigantic chariots hauled through the main street and the air is filled with the rhythmic clang of metal gongs, the blowing of conch shells and trumpets, and the chanting of holy men.

  • A combination of livestock trading and religious festivities provides a truly spectacular experience at the Pushkar camel festival in the Indian state of Rajasthan each November.

    Around 50,000 camels are sold, decorated, shaved and raced during the festival, followed by religious rituals which culminate in thousands of devotees bathing in the holy lake on the full moon.

  • Across the border in Pakistan, thousands travel to Shandur in the far north of the country for the world’s highest polo tournament.

    These polo games are not like the modern variety, applying 800-year-old rules that are cut-throat to say the least.

  • In Guatemala every March the Semana Santa festival draws thousands to celebrate the rebirth of Christ in a typically Central American combination of Catholic symbolism and Mayan tradition.

    For a whole week the people eat, drink and dance for a fruitful harvest, culminating in a sleepless three-day march of holy statues through the streets.

  • One of Mexico’s most macabre and memorable festivals takes place in the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca – the Day of the Dead.

    This joyful honouring of the lives of deceased family members is on All Hallow’s Eve, when people decorate the graves of their loved ones with flowers, candles and even food.

    The whole community gathers with food, music and mescal (think tequila with a nasty kick) all part of the fun.

  • Inti Raymi, or the Festival of the Sun, is Peru’s most famous festival and the week-long event sees huge crowds watching ceremonial processions through the flower-draped streets of Cuzco.

    The ceremony itself takes place on June 24th, when a person representing the Sapa Inca (the emperor) calls for blessings from the sun amid a heady mix of music, prayers and dancing.

  • One of the most important festivals in Tibet is the new year celebration of Losar, held over three days in February.

    This colourful, traditional and exotic Buddhist festival features symbolic rituals performed by the yellow-hatted Tibetan lamas, followed by massive parades and fireworks meant to chase off the devils of the old year.

  • Mongolia’s Naadam festival echoes the country’s warrior past and the ‘manly games’ involve displays of the three major traditional sports in Mongolia: wrestling, horse racing and archery.

    The festival begins with a big parade down the main street of Ulaan Baatar and travellers can take the opportunity to compete in the events and stay with the nomadic herders in their tent-like ‘gers’.

  • Thousands of people gather in Kyoto each May in the hope of witnessing a rarely-seen performance of the geisha dancers of the Pontocho district.

    The Kama-gawa Odori festival has been held since 1872 on the banks of the Kamo-gawa river and is one of Japan’s most celebrated spring geisha dances.

  • For something completely different attend the world famous Calgary Stempede in Canada in July, celebrating rhinestone, country music and wide-open spaces.

    The rodeo competition, stage shows, concerts, chuckwagon races and pancake breakfasts held all over the city during Stampede Week offer fun for all.

Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) in Puri (Feb 21-25 2008)

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Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) is an annual event held during February every year on Puri beach. To call it just a film festival is to limit its unique magical quality. It’s a festival without hierarchy, competition, juries and awards where not only filmmakers but also artists from other fields like music, theatre, painting, sculpture, dance, literature and photography are encouraged to participate and show their work.

In short, BYOFF can be best described as an informal and intimate gathering of artists with films in the backdrop where screenings go on early into the morning hours- first, inside makeshift tents and then in the open air after sun down.

For filmmakers, it has been an alternative platform ever since its first edition in the year 2004. The idea is to have a festival away from the oppressive atmosphere of bureaucratic control of big cities and where just about anybody – with or without films – could participate. The participants of BYOFF themselves are the volunteers and the organizers of its future editions. And the mood of the festival is that of a no holds barred carnival where the sea and its sand provide the right ambience to lift the spirits of every one present. Yeah, for five days and five nights.

Ekamra Utsav of 2008

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Bhubaneswar, the capital of modern Orissa, is a happy combination of old world charms and new world comforts. The scriptures refer to the ancient Bhubaneswar as the Ekamra Kshetra, literally meaning ‘mango orchards’ which remind us the union of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. The blending of modernity with tradition here is impeccable. While the ancient city is 2600 years old, the modern city came into existence in 1948 as the new capital of Orissa, designed by the German Architect O.H. Koeingsberges. It is said that there were about seven thousand temples here, which earned it the coveted title of the ‘Temple City of India’. Even today from the hundreds of temples that still stand majestically as mute witness of a glorious past, one can study the chronological development of temple architecture from the beginning in the 7th Century AD to its culmination in the 13th Century AD. It is a centre of art and craft, manifest in the dazzling array of products like stone sculptures, pata paintings, palm-leaf etching, silver filigree, papier mache, etc. which is a shoppers’ delight. The classical Odissi Dance and Music have a solid foundation here fondly nourished by illustrious Gurus. The city has also distinguished itself as an important IT Centre and Software Technology Park as well as an ideal Venue for Conference and Conventions to do business with pleasure.

Around Bhubaneswar lies Dhauli in the South which witnessed the great battle of Kalinga in 261 BC after which Emperor Ashok embraced Buddhism and spread the message of peace to the world. Closeby are the remains of Sisupalgarh believed to be the earlier capital of Kalinga. On the west are the twin hills of Khandagiri-Udayagiri honeycombed with rock-cut caves built for the Jain ascetics during the illustrious emperor Kharavela in the 2nd century BC.

Bhubaneswar has, however, been mostly popular as the city of temples among the tourists. But the cultural efflorescence of the city goes beyond the temples. To familiarize the tourists with the larger canvas of the place covering Art & Crafts, Dance & Music, Handicrafts & Handlooms, etc., a Mega Festival titled Ekamra- The Temple City festival has been conceived. This 14-day event will also feature a Food Festival and a Mini Marathon will add spice to this year’s Utsav. The festival of promises to be an experience of a lifetime.

The highlights, as listed in, are:




Toshali National Crafts Mela
(All India Handicrafts & Handloom

Exhibition and Cultural Programme

Janta Maidan

15th – 27th Feb 08

Mini Marathon

To be Flagged off at Kalinga Stadium traverse through the important inter sections of Bhubaneswar city (15 km)

17th Feb 08

Mukteswar Dance Festival

Mukteswar-Parsurameswar temple premises

17th – 19th Feb 08

Kalinga Mahotsav

Shanti Stupa, Dhauli

23rd –24th Feb 08

Ekamra Food Festival

Exhibition Ground

20th – 27th Feb 08

Rajarani Music Festival

Rajarani Temple Complex

26th – 28th Feb 08


Additional Details:

Toshali National Crafts Mela

The Toshali National Crafts Mela has been setup in a rural ambience and is having over 150 National & State award winning handicraft and handloom artisans from all over India. Rural Tourism, Live Demonstration and Workshops will feature the main theme of the Mela.

Cuisines, representing the flavours of India combined with a strong component of day performance and evening cultural programmes have become a major draw in the Mela. The highlight of the cultural evenings will be the scintillating programmes to be presented by exponents of Indian Classical and Folk Dance & Music, Gahzal, etc.


1st Session
06.00 – 06.30 PM

2nd Session
06.30 – 07.00 PM

3rd Session
07.00 – 07.30 PM

4th Session
07.30 – 08.00 PM

1st Day/ 15-02-08

Odissi Dance

Rekha Tandan

Shankha Dhwani, Ranapa & Chadheya Gangeswar Jugala Sankhabadya, Narendrapur, Ganjam

Dhan Koila

Kala Tirtha, Badamba, Cuttack

Folk Dance

To be sponsored by EZCC, Kolkata/ Song & Drama Division, Kolkata

2nd Day/ 16-02-08


Baboo Panigrahi


Ektara Kala Kendra, Titilagarh

Katha Kandhei

Maguni Charan Kunara, Keonjhar


3rd Day/ 17-02-08

Odissi Dance

Pratibha Panda


Maguni Das & Group, Raghurajpur, Puri

Ghoda Nach

Uchhab Das & Group Choudwar, Cuttack


4th Day/ 18-02-08

Odissi Music

Mohapatra Minati Bhanja

Chhow Dance

Uttarasahi Chhow Nrutya Pratisthan, Baripada

Chutku Chuta

Dulduli Kala Parishad,  Balangir


5th Day/ 19-02-08


Shri Pankaj Udhas


6th Day/ 20-02-08

Susmita Banerjee

Naga Nacha

Shrikshetra Hanuman Jayanti Anustan, Puri


Mahanadi Sahitya Sansad, Sonepur


7th Day


Shri J. Hariharan

8th Day

Geeta Gobinda

Sulagna Nanda

Animal Dance

Biswa Janani Kala Parishad, Bhanjanagar

Paika Akhada

Bachhera, Jatrni, Khurda


9th Day

Odissi Dance

Raminder Khurana


Mayurbhanja Sangeet Nrutya Vikash Samiti, Rairangpur


Sankar Prasad Behera & Troupe, Loisinga, Balangir


10th Day/ 24-02-08

Odissi Vocal

Mamata Parija

Bangiri & Sadaras

BSA, Kesinga, Kalahandi


Sanskrutika, Padmapur, Bargarh


11th Day/ 25-02-08

Odissi Dance



Dhol-Mahuri Anusthan, Nuapara

Folk Dance

Rangam, BBSR


12th Day/ 26-02-08


Ku. Rashmi Dave


Achyuta Behera, Tabada, Baragarh

Nupur, Barpali


13th Day/ 27-02-08

Odissi Dance

Gajendra Panda

Laudi & Ogala

Laxmidhara Barik & Group, Bhadrak

Chadheya -Chadheyani



Mini Marathon

Orissa Mining Corporation ltd. is going to organise the 2nd Mini Marathon in Bhubaneswar on 17th February 2008 on the occasion of Ekamra – The Temple City Festival. The Marathon shall be flagged off from Kalinga Stadium by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Orissa and it shall traverse through the important inter sections of Bhubaneswar City covering about 15 km and shall terminate in Kalinga Stadium. The Marathon, besides being a run for fun, aims at propagating the message Run for a Green Orissa. The registration of participation shall be enrolled from 12th to 15th February 2008 in the Office of PRO, OMC Head Office, Bhubaneswar from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM and on 16th February registration will be made at Kalinga Stadium from 11.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

Mukteswar Dance Festival

The small and elegant Mukteswar Temple with its famous stone arch at the entrance is the gem of Orissan Architecture. The temple is also important as a transition point between the early and later phases of Kalinga School of Architecture for which this dance festival is named after the said temple. The sprawling green lawn in between Mukteswar-Parsurameswar Temple Complexes will host the event.


Chorus (Shiva Bandana)
06.00 – 06.15 PM

Solo Odissi
06.15 – 06.40 PM

Duet Odissi
06.40 – 07.20 PM

Group Odissi
07.20 – 08.20 PM


Bijoy Jena & Group

Madhubrata Satapathy, Rourkela

Rahul Acharya & Debasis Patnak

Suravi, Bhubaneswar


Saswati Social Cultural Centre, Bhubaneswar

Leesa Mohanty, Mumbai

Odissa Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar

Roopshree Mohapatra, Puri


Shantilata Chhotray & Group

Meera Das

Lingaraj Pradhan & Amulya Balabantray

Dona Ganguly & Group, Kolkata

Kalinga Mahotsav

When people celebrate their heritage and ways of life, the spirit of revelry crosses languages, continents and cultures. And the Kalinga Mahotsav at Dhauli, a festival of Martial Dances, is celebrated very much in that spirit.

For the people of Orissa Dhauli hill at the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is more a living experience than a memory. Twenty three hundred years ago, their fore-fathers fought one of the fiercest battles in human history against Emperor Ashok. They suffered loss of a hundred thousand men, lost the war, but gained immortality, because they metamorphosed a warring monarch into an apostle of non-violence and peace. The festival is a fitting tribute to the victory of Peace over War where renowned dancers of India perform harmonising the vigour of martial art with sublime dance forms.

The calm and solemn statue of Buddha overlooking the entire stage from the top of the stupa and the tranquil expanse of the countryside populated by paddy fields and cashew plantations provides the peaceful background to the outburst of movements and sounds which accompany the performance of the martial artists. The aim of the organisers is to harmonise the vigour of martial tradition with the sublimity of peace through the art of dance.

Date 06.00 – 06.15 PM 06.15 – 06.40 PM 06.40 – 07.20 PM


South Korean
Folk Dance

Fauzer Singh & Troupe, Punjab

Tatteta Gullu,
Andhra Pradesh


Martial Dance

Fauzer Singh & Troupe, Punjab

Paika Dance

Rajarani Music Festival

Celestial music, sublime surroundings and soothing climes of late winter—soul traverses to an elevated sphere leaving you utterly relaxed. Holidays are made with this kind of experience that creates a lasting mark in your mind.

Rajarani Music Festival held against the backdrop of the 11th century Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar is such an evening of concerts: it’s relaxing, entertaining and uplifting. The city has a large assemblage of celebrated temples of which the Rajarani Temple is one of the most conspicuous. It’s remarkable for the absence any presiding deity in it. The temple is famous for its ornate deul or compass and the statues of eight Dikpals guarding the eight cardinal directions of the temple.

To show case the glorious tradition of Indian classical music, the Rajarani Music Festival was conceived to be organized by the Department of Tourism in association with Bhubaneswar Music Circle.

The musical evenings are resplendent with excellent performances by the great maestros of Indian classical music creating an allegory of darbari gayans (musical performances in an Indian king’s court) of age old histories.

Eminent instrumentalists and vocalists of India have rendered scintillating performance in this festival over the years.


6.00 – 7.00 PM

7.00 – 8.00 PM


Hindustani Vocal
Smt. Bandita Ray, Bhubaneswar

Hindustani Instrumental – Sitar
Pandit Niladri Kumar, Mumbai


Odissi Vocal
Smt. Shyamamani Devi, Cuttack

Carnatic Instrumental – Violin
Padmabhusan T. N. Krishnan, Chennai


Hindustani Instrumental – Violin
Smt. K. Bhubaneswari

Hindustani Vocal
Pandit Upendra Bhatta, Pune

Asian and African films in the Bhubaneswar film festival

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Following is an excerpt from a news report in the Statesman.

The Film Society of Bhubaneswar (FSB) is organising Airtel Bhubaneswar Film Festival’07 (BFF’07), which will begin from tomorrow. The five-day event will bring together a selection of contemporary and critically acclaimed films, which would offer meaningful and entertaining exposure to social issues, cultural conventions and artistic excellence from all over the world. In total, 16 highly acclaimed feature films and six documentary  films will be screened.

The most important feature of this film festival is the showcasing of contemporary African and Asian films, whose style and aesthetics have been critically appreciated in various echelons. In the African category, movies from South Africa, West Africa, Angola, Senegal and Morocco would be exhibited. They include films of award winning film-makers like Maria Joa Ganga, Ousmane Sembene, Nabil Ayouch, Abderrahmane Sissako, and Gavin Wood.

In the Asian category, films of Hirokazu Koreeda, Tsai Ming-liang, Bahman Farmanara and Nir Bergman would be screened. Apart from these, path-breaking classics of four great directors-Ugetsu Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi), Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman), Mouchette (Robert Bresson) and Titas-Ekti Nadir Naam (Ritwik Ghatak) would be shown. Himanshu Khatua’s Sunya Swarupa, in Oriya would also be screened at the event.

8th Konark festival: 1st to 5th December (Schedule from a Samaja ad)

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See also Following are some excerpts:

The annual Konark Festival, which is held in an open air auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, showcases a magical parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors in the wintry evening of early December with dramatic choreographies.

Besides, the dance performances the visitors will be treated, in an Artist Camp, to an exhibition of Orissan temple sculptures which are often described as poetry transcribed on stone. Sand Art exhibition will be yet another attraction for tourists.



1st Session
(6.00 PM – 7.00 PM)

2nd Session
(7.00 PM – 8.00 PM)


GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar  

Bireshwar Gautam, Mumbai


Dr. Venkit & Troupe, Kerala

(Dakshya Mashruwalla & Group), Mumbai


Banshi Bilas, Bhubaneswar

Geeta Chandran, New Delhi


Shyamala Sundaran, Kerala

Madhavi Mudgal & Group, New Delhi


Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalay, Bhubaneswar

Performing Art Centre, Imphal, Manipur

It is a festival of classical dances of India performed at the backdrop of the Sun Temple, Konark.

Konark Festival was organised for the first time in 1989 in the Open Air Auditorium at Konark constructed with the financial assistance of Government of India.

Conceived as a festival of Classical Dances of India, the objective of Konark Festival was to promote Konark as well as Orissa as place of tourist destination.

Initially during the year 1989 and 1990, the festival was being organised for a period of 3 days. Subsequently increased to 7 days during 1991 and 1992 in different dates. Since 1993 the festival is being organised for a period of 5 days from December 1-5 every year. The festival was however not organised during 1999 due to the Super Cyclone.


Samaja article on Bali Jatra

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Gurukul project: Organized by Konark Natya Mandap, Konark

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This is a very interesting set of training programs and presentations in traditional performance arts such as:

  • Ghanta Mardala
  • Shankirtan
  • Gotipua dance
  • Chhau dance
  • Odissi mardala
  • Odissi dance
  • Odissi Vocal
  • Shankhi Nata
  • Shabda Nrutya
  • Pala
  • Danda Nata
  • Dhudki Nata
  • Ghoda nata
  • Daskathia


Schedule of 13th Puri Beach Festival: Nov 23rd to 27th November 2007

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Following is from a report in

1st Day – 23.11.2007 (Friday)
ؠ Lighting the lamp at the lotus feet of “Sri Sri Jagannath Mahaprabhu” & declare the festival open – 5.30 p.m.

ؠ Veda Patha – by Students of Veda Karmakanda Vidyalaya,Puri

ؠ Sankh Dhwani – Subhashree Sankha Dhwani Kalakendra, Ganjam

ؠ Odissi Group Dance by Guru Naba Kishore Mishra & Troupe, Abartta, Bhubaneswar

ؠ Chadeiya Folk Dance – Subhashree Sankha Dhwani Kalakendra, Ganjam

ؠ Sambalpuri Dance – by Kala Vikas Kendra, Cuttack

ؠ Ranappa Folk Dance – Subhashree Sankha Dhwani Kalakendra, Ganjam

ؠ Chhow Dance by Mayur Art Centre, BBSR

ؠ Tribal Dance by Dist. Council , Boudh

ؠ Creative Dance Ballet by – Shri Krishna Cultural Academy, Puri

ؠ Inauguration by Shri Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, His Excellency Governor of Orissa

ؠ Shri Maheswar Mohanty, Hon’ble Speaker OLA (Chief Guest)

ؠ Shri Deviprasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister – Excise & Tourism (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Debasis Nayak, Hon’ble Minister – I&PR & Sports & Y.S (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Asit Tripathy, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secy. Tourism (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Gourahari Pradhan, Chairman Puri Municipality (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Dr. Mrs. Vaijanitmala Bali, Noted Actress (Guest of Honour)

2nd Day – 24.11.2007 (Saturday)
Dignitaries & Guests for the Evening
ؠ Odissi Dance Ballet – Kabita Dwibedi & Troupe, New Delhi

ؠ Kathak Dance Ballet – Keya Chand & Troupe, Kolkata

ؠ Folk & Creative Dances by Song & Drama Division, Kolkata

ؠ Sambalpuri Dance – Sanskrutika, Padmapur, Bargarh

ؠ Gotipua Dance by Konark Natya Manda

ؠ Danda Dance by Khedu Sahu & Troupe, Athamallik sponsored by Sankarcharya Pradhan, Angul

ؠ Creative Dances by Keya Chand & Group, Kolkata

ؠ Creative Dance Ballet – Swagatika Sanskrutika Sansad, BBSR
ؠ Sports Activities sponsored by Dept. of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Orissa

ؠ Country Boat Race among local Nolias(3.30pm), Flag off by Sri Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & Sri Debashish Nayak, Minister, Sports & I&PR, Govt. of Orissa

ؠ Beach Volley ball -(Women) – 4pm & Beach Cricket (Girl) – 3.45pm

Special Attraction Para-Sailing (11.00 am to 5.00 pm).

(Mrs. Hema Malini with Daughters Eesha & Ahana Deol)

ؠ Shri Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, Hon’ble Member Rajayasabha (Chief Guest)

ؠ Shri Prafulla Chandra Ghadei, Hon’ble Minister Finance (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Dr. Prasanna Patsani, Hon’ble MP- Loksabha (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Tathagat Satpathy Hon’ble MP Loksabha (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri C R Pradhan, Chairman (NALCO) (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Srimay Kar, Chief of Bureau – Indian Express (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri S C Patnaik, Secy, Sports – 3.30 pm & 6.00 pm (Guest of Honour)

3rd Day – 25.11.2007 (Sunday)

ؠ Odissi Dance Ballet & Braja Leela by Kunja Lata & Troupe, Venunad Kalakendra,Brundaban (U.P.)

ؠ Bharat Natyam group dance by – Kashmira Samanta & Group, Kolkata

ؠ Purulia Chhow, of West Bengal by EZCC, Kolkata,

ؠ Siddi Dhamal of Gujrat by WZCC, Udaipur

ؠ Bhangra Dance of Punjab by NZCC, Patiala

ؠ Folk & Creative Dances by – Song & Drama Division, Kolkata

ؠ Contemporary Dances by Kashmira Samanta & Group, Kolkata

ؠ Creative Dances by – Ritz & Amit Dance Academy, Angul

ؠ Sports Activities sponsored by Dept. of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Orissa

ؠ Women Beach Kabadi – 4pm. , Banati (Hoola) – 6pm.

Special Attraction Para-Sailing (11.00 am to 5.00 pm).
ؠ Shri Chandrasekhar Sahu, Hon’ble Union Minister of State – RD (Chief Guest)

ؠ Shri Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, Hon’ble Minister UD&PE (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Baijant Panda, Hon’ble MP – Rajyasabha (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Gopal Chandra Nanda, IPS, DG Police (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Padmanabha Behera, Hon’ble Minister, Steel & Mines (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Ravi Narayan Nanda, Director, Tourism (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri L N Pattnaik, Chairman Pollution Control Board (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Head of ETV – Oriya, (Guest of Honour)

4th Day – 26.11.2007 (Monday)

Dignitaries & Guests for the Evening

ؠ Orissa Dance Ballet – by Guru Gajendra Panda & Troupe, Tridhara, Bhubaneswar

ؠ “Breath of life” in Odissi Style by Guru Chita Ranjan Acharya & Troupe, Bhubaneswar

ؠ Purulia Chhow of West Bengal by EZCC, Kolkata,

ؠ Siddi Dhamal of Gujarat by WZCC, Udaipur

ؠ Bhangra Dance of Punjab by NZCC, Patiala
ؠ Sports Activities sponsored by Dept. of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Orissa

ؠ Wrestling – 4pm., Body Building – 6pm.

Special Attraction Para-Sailing (11.00 am to 5.00 pm).

Amit Paul & Ankita Mishra – Indian Idol (3)

ؠ Shri Surya Narayan Patra, Hon’ble Minister, Energy, IT & Culture (Chief Guest)

ؠ Shri Manmohan Samal, Hon’ble Minister, Revenue (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, IAS, RDC Central Zone (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Sanjay Pattnaik, Chief Resident Executive, TISCO (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Director – Door Darshan, Orissa (Guest of Honour)

5th Day – 27.11.2007 (Tuesday) Dignitaries & Guests for the Evening

ؠ Odissi Dance Ballet “Sarad Rasa” by – Leena Mohanty & Group, Banshi Bilasha , Bhubaneswar

ؠ Purulia Chhow, West Bengal by EZCC, Kolkata,

ؠ Siddi Dhamal of Gujarat by WZCC, Udaipur

ؠ Bhangra Dance of Punjab by NZCC, Patiala

ؠ Nritya Vahar – A Dhiman Sankar Ballet Presentation, Kolkata

ؠ Creative Dances – by Habiba Dance Group, BBSR, Direction by Sarat Malia

ؠ Sports Activities sponsored by Dept. of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Orissa

ؠ Mal Khamb – 5pm., Rugby (KIITS – 4pm.

Special Attraction Para-Sailing (11.00 am to 5.00 pm).

ؠ Shri Maheswar Mohanty, Hon’ble Speaker OLA (Chief Guest)

ؠ Shri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Hon’ble Minister RD, Law, Industries (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Ajit Tripathy, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Orissa

ؠ Shri Rashmi Ranjan Pattnaik, Collector, Puri (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Asit Panigrahi, SP, Puri (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri S R Upadhya, Chairman-cum-MD, MCL (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Indrajeet Mohanty, Hon’ble Justice-Orissa High Court (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Smt. Jagi Mangat Panda, MD- Ortel Communication (Guest of Honour)

ؠ Shri Sanak Mishra, Chief of Mittal Steel India Chaptger, New Delhi (Guest of Honour)

N. B.

|| Exhibition timing from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm ||

|| Cultural Programmes daily starts at 6.00 pm ||

|| Sports items as per timing mentioned each day ||

Various winter time tourist oriented festivals in Orissa

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Following is extracted from a Kalinga Times report.

  • Nov 16-18: Parab festival at Koraput.
  • Nov 23-27: Shreekshetra-Beach Festival, Puri.
  • December 1-5: Konark Festival.
  • Jan 3-17: Toshali-Ekamra Festival in Bhubaneswar. The festival will be include a 10-day Toshali Crafts Fair and the following:
    • Mukteswar Dance evening from January 3 to 5
    • Rajarani Music Evening from January 5 to 7
    • Kalinga Martial Dance Evening at Dhauli on January 8 and 9
    • Folk dance festival from January 10 to 17
    • International Food Festival from January 3 to 17
    • National Level Handloom and Handicrafts Exhibition-cum-sale from January 3 to 17
    • Walking Tours of Heritage Corridors from January 6 to 13
  • Jan 4-6: Folk Dance Festival at Sambalpur.