Bhubaneswar Hosts 2nd Navapalla Dance Festival

Famous Odissi pair Aruna Mohanty and Ratikanta Mohapatra organised the 2nd ‘Navapalla’ dance festival in Bhubaneswar. The festival aims at upbringing young talent in the field of classical dance. The ‘Navapalla’ is spread across various cities in India – Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi, hosted by dance gurus, providing the right platform for talented classical dancers between the age of 25 and 40 years.

“Navapallava is a festival for reaching out to serious, young dancers with quality in a better way. This is a national initiative taken up by senior dancers and Gurus who would select youngsters based on their talent and provide them with a platform and audience”, said Arun Mohanty, Odissi Guru and secretary of Odisha Dance Academy.

The feature performances for the evening included a Bharatanatyam recital by young danseuse Divya Ravi from Bangalore and an Odissi presentation by Sasmita Panda from Cuttack. The festival also aims to break the trend of ‘pay and perform’ for classical dancers.

“There has been a growing trend that festival organisers are taking huge money from young dancers for providing them with a platform. As part of the culture, many dancers are being exploited by the organisers who neither provide them with travel expense nor any accommodation. These types of festivals are organised in large numbers across the country, which are over-crowded with mediocre dancers”, said Odissi Guru and director of Srjan, Ratikanta Mohapatra.

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