Samrachana , a five-day festival of dance choreography, will be staged at Rabindra Mandap here commencing on March 1. It is being hosted by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi with financial support from the Ministry of Culture and the Departments of Tourism and Culture.

This is the first of its kind in the State, according to Akademi's vice-president and Odissi dancer Aruna Mohanty, the brain behind the event. “With a large number of dance festivals being organised in Bhubaneswar round the year, the city has emerged a major centre of Indian classical dances in the country. Hence, the choreography festival assumes enough relevance to expand the knowledge of dance designing by our choreographers apart from sensitising the connoisseurs about the intricacies of choreography,” says Aruna.

Ten troupes are slated to present their compositions during the festival that features Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and contemporary dance styles. Each evening will have the presentation of two styles, Odissi being a daily feature.

Invitees

The Odissi choreographers, who have been invited to perform, include Madhavi Mudgal from New Delhi, Sharmila Biswas from Kolkata, Durga Charan Ranbir, Aruna Mohanty, and Ratikant Mohapatra – all from Bhubaneswar. While Leela Samson from Kalakshetra, Chennai represents Bharatanatyam and Vyjayanti Kashi stages Kuchipudi, Manipuri is being staged by Bimbavati Devi from Kolkata. Similarly, New Delhi-based Santosh Nair will represent contemporary, while Bengaluru-based couple Nirupama-Rajendra will stage Kathak.

The festival further features two seminars which will be held at the adjacent Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya auditorium on March 2 and 5 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.