BHUBANESWAR: More than 500 artistes specialising in different dance forms of India will perform at the Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav scheduled to begin on February 6 at the base of Dhauli Hill.
The three-day festival will witness several dance forms including Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi and Mohiniyattam.
Odisha Dance Academy organises the festival in association with Art Vision.
Parshwanath Upadhye, a ‘Natya Mayura’ awardee from Bengaluru will set the festival in motion with a Bharatanatyam recital. Winner of many national awards, Upadhye is one of the youngest dancers to become an ‘A’ grade artist of Bangalore Doordarshan.
Abhinab Dance Company, Bengaluru, a group of renown, is to present Kathak compositions, while Nupur, a city-based troupe will present Odissi, on the first day.
One of the key attractions at the event will be ‘Antalah’ by Western and Indian contemporary dancer Sangeeta Sharma.
Dance and music presentation ‘Saptavarna’, meaning seven colours of classical dance, has been conceptualised by Aruna Mohanty. The artiste plans to highlight the diversity and richness of India’s performing arts through the composition.