31st Konark Dance Festival flags off in Odisha

The Odisha government’s tourism department is organising the 31st edition of the Konark Dance Festival, which began in Konark amid strict COVID-19 protocols. This festival is an annual event held in the backdrop of the famous World Heritage monument, the Sun Temple. It portrays the best of India’s traditional and classical dance forms, along with interesting insights into the rich cultural heritage of the country.

In this five-day-long event, leading artists and dance enthusiasts comprising of almost all major classical dance forms of India such as Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and Kathak will be participating.

“The stage of Konark festival provides an opportunity to artists from all over the world. In 2015 I performed here representing the Odisha Dance Academy. The backdrop of the temple provides a unique experience to the audience. Audiences feel that the sculptures inscribed on the temple liven up”, said Odissi dancer, Arupa Gayatri Panda.

Padmashree Awardee Odissi Dancer and Odisha Dance Academy Secretary Aruna Mohanty said, “For the first time this festival was open for the public. I thank the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for organising this festival. Things were arranged beautifully despite COVID limitations. This is a dream to be here in Konark and perform. It is wonderful to bring normal life back”.

Odisha is famous for producing some of the most famous dancers across many dance forms. The festival provides an excellent platform for budding artists as well as veterans to showcase their skills.

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