A slice of Orissa in Delhi

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A slice of Orissa in Delhi

Delhi’s only Odissi Festival is back. The 3rd edition of the Guru-Shishya Parampara Festival, organi­sed by the Capital’s only Odissi school Patitapawan Kala Niketan, is set to be held on August 30 at the India Habitat Centre.

The festival aims at depicting and propogating different paddhatis or styles developed by various gurus in Odissi dance.

Each of them make for a spectacular view of this classical dance from Orissa.

Patitapawan Kala Niketan was founded in the year 1990 by Guru Pravash Mohanty.

The Niketan imparts Odissi training to the younger generation in the traditional guru-shishya parampara. In the institution of guru-shishya parampara, knowledge of a particular discipline is passed on directly from the guru to the disciple.

Through generations of following this practice, a gharana or paddhati or a style of dance is formed.

Niketan annually presents the Guru-Shishya Parampara Festival to bring together renowned artistes who share its faith in the tradition.

This time, the festival pays an invocatory tribute to Guru Deb Prasad Das - one of the founding pillars of contemporary Odissi dance.

The fest also extends its reverences to the other doyens of Odissi – Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Hare Krishna Behera, and Guru Surendra Nath Jena through group performances by their disciples.

The fest makes a maiden attempt to bring together all these paddhatis under a single roof and one can clearly see a unity in the diversity of different styles in Odissi.

Santosh Mohanty, dance director at the Niketan, concludes, “We are hopeful that Odissi lovers will enjoy this offering of a bouquet of Odissi paddhatis and come back each year for more.”

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