4-day Odishi fest in Rome, Madrid from May 21

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4-day Odishi fest in Rome, Madrid from May 21

Sunday, 15 May 2022 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

For the very first time, a pan-European Odishi

Dance Festival will be held spread across two largest European cities.

The four-day Europe Odishi Festival will begin on May 21 at the iconic

Garbattela Theatre in Rome, the cultural capital of Europe.

The festival being held by the Europe-based GCP Performing Arts

Centre in association with Odisha-based OYSS will be held at two of

Europe’s largest cities and cultural nerve centres, the Italian capital city

of Rome and Spanish capital city of Madrid.

 

The festival is being organized under the leadership of UN Diplomat

Baisali Mohanty who founded the Oxford Odishi Centre at Oxford

University in 2015 and heads the GCP Performing Arts Centre.

Well-known Italian dance exponent Silvia Vona who is the Europe

Coordinator of GCP Performing Arts is the co-convenor of the festival.

The Indian Embassy in Italy and Spain are supporting partner for the

festival.

The festival is scheduled to be attended by several European leaders,

Parliamentarians, celebrities and diplomats.

All dance choreographies have been composed on the festival theme 'Art

for Peace’ with an underlying message of global peace.

It will feature live performance by renowned Odishi dancers from both

India and Europe including Padma Shri Ileana Citaristi, Guru Rina Jana

(Kolkata), Ganga Devi Sheth, Dr Elana Catalano (London), Lipsa

Satpathy, Silvia Vona, Baisali Mohanty, Karine Leblanc (France),

Shilpa Bertuletti and their troupes.

Apart from live dance performances, the festival will also include live

Odishi workshops and exhibition on the history of Odishi dance and

Odisha.

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