The event is part of ongoing Ekamra Utsav
BHUBANESWAR: Close on the heels of the four-day festival of Odissi dance on the Mukteswar temple premises, the weeklong folk dance festival kicked off at the exhibition grounds here on Thursday. A national handloom and handicraft exhibition was also put up at the venue, besides the international food festival.
These events are part of the on-going fortnight-long Ekamra Utsav to promote Bhubaneswar as a favourite tourist destination. The event will showcase some of the most enchanting, but dying folk dance styles of the State.
The inaugural evening showcased the unmasked Chhau dance of Mayurbhanj by the Dakshinasahi Chhau Nrutya Mandir troupe of Baripada. It was followed by Ghumura and Dalkhai dances of Kalahandi region by the Mahaveer Sanskrutik Anusthan of Bhawanipatna.
Danda Nacha, Bajasaal and Dhol Mahuri will be showcased on Friday while on Saturday Kosali dance by a Balangir-based troupe and animal dance by Biswa Janani Kala Parishad, Bhanjanagar, will be staged. Sambalpuri and Palli Nrutya will be the attraction for Sunday.
Akademi awardee and acclaimed rod-puppet theatre exponent Maguni Charan Kuanr of Keonjhar will have an exclusive show on Monday while Padma Shri Maguni Das' Dashabhuja Gotipua Odissi Nrutya Parisad from Raghurajpur and Ghoda Nacha by the versatile Ucchab Sahoo and his troupe from Choudwar are slated for Tuesday.
The concluding evening on Wednesday will showcase Sambalpuri dance.