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Cuttack stage for global dancers

Cuttack, Dec. 31: Dancers from 16 countries will take part in Cuttack Mahotsav — a seven-day festival celebrating various styles of Indian classical dance forms.

The Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh organises this international festival every year, and this year will mark its fourth edition. The event will be held from January 4 to 10 at Kala Vikash Kendra. “Dancers from 16 countries, including India, will present all the eight forms of Indian classical dance — Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odishi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Manipuri and Sathiya along with Mahari and Vilasini Natyam,” general secretary of the sangh Kartik Rath told The Telegraph today.

Dancers from USA, Russia, France, UK, Poland, Slovakia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Peru, apart from India, will take part in the event.

“Special attractions of Cuttack Mahotsav 2013 will be the presentation of contemporary Spanish dance by Solvakia-based dancers Jana Redechova and Daniela Kudlickova, traditional Sri Lankan dances by the Ranranga Dance Academy and traditional Bangladeshi dance by the Chintak Association,” Rath said.

There will be performances of Odishi vocal, Hindustani vocal, light vocal, flute, Karnataki violin, Sufi sangeet and bhajan. “We will arrange to play host to around 500 dancers, vocalists, directors, dance gurus, musicians and exponents in the festival,” he said.

The international dance and music festival will start everyday at 4.30pm. A daily national dance and music competition will also take place daily from 10am.

The competition will be open for young artistes from various states in different forms of classical and folk dance, vocal and music, a sangh spokesperson said.