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Dance Festivals

* 23 March 2022
The annual Dhauli-Kalinga Mahostsav, an arts festival presented at the Buddhist heritage site of Dhauli hills near Bhubaneswar has been an exemplary public-private partnership. The festival brings together classical, folk, martial and contemporary genres of arts on one platform - a treat for the commoners and connoisseurs alike.
Dhauli festival, launched 13 years ago, was the brain-child of Odissi dance guru Gangadhar Pradhan who had launched the famed Konark dance and music festival. Kalinga Mahotsav was conceptualized by Bhubaneswar-based Italian Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi as an exclusive martial arts festival highlighting the victory of peace over violence and staged atop the Dhauli hill that had witnessed the dreaded Kalinga war and the transformation of the war’s chief architect Emperor Ashoka to a follower of Buddhism. The Department of Tourism of Odisha Government intervened and brought both festivals happening at the same site together to rename it as Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav while becoming a major partner for the past eight years. The festival has ascended new heights under the innovative leadership and management of Odissi exponent Aruna Mohanty who now leads the well-known Odisha Dance Academy.
Source:  Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav: A classic confluence by Shyamhari Chakra, March 02, 2017,

* 23 March 2022
Konark Dance & Music Festival started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap by its Founder-Director Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. This festival has established its own unique identity in the sense that eminent artistes of national and international repute participate and perform Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and other classical, folk & tribal dances/music of our country on the enchanting stage of the Natyashala in the monumental Sun Temple, Konark in the natural ambience of casuarinas and cashew trees. This festival is held every year from 19th to 23rd February.