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60 years, and still going strong

Cuttack, Dec. 17: The Kala Vikash Kendra (KVK) here, a heritage centre famed for imparting professional training in various art forms, will celebrate 60 years through an extravagant cultural pageant starting December 20.

Various dance forms such as tribal, folk, Odissi and Kathak will be staged during the event.

Other performing arts of the state and country that are on the verge of extinction will also be showcased.

Traditional performing arts including Moghul Tamsa, Ravan Chhaaya and others are expected to be the centre of attraction during the programme that would continue till December 26.

Odisha governor M.C. Bhandare will inaugurate the event.

Former participants, teachers and students of KVK would be felicitated on the occasion.

“We have planned year-long celebrations. Eminent artistes including Odissi dancers Kumkum Mohanty, Ratikant Mohapatra and Rajashree Praharaj, Odissi musician Guru Ramahari Das and others have been invited to perform,” said working president of KVK, Anadi Sahu.

The auditorium is being spruced up with the state government’s assistance. The work of installing new chairs, lighting and renovating the stage would be completed within a couple of days.

A number of programmes would be undertaken to provide quality education to students in classical music and dance at the institute.

The state culture department has agreed to conduct two cultural progammes every month and organise children’s film festival and related activities here.

“We have plans to develop the KVK and establish two archways at the entrance. Beautification work in and around the building would be completed in subsequent phases,” said general secretary Radhamohan Sahoo.