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Orissa Music and Dance Festival

Posted on January 9, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment

Come to Orissa in the month of January and enjoy the beauty of music and dance here that is showcased here in the many festivals that are held here celebrated across the state. The 2012 Rajarani Music festival that is held from the 8th to the 20th January. This year in 2012 too, the festival is being celebrated and will continue to be celebrated all through the month. Orissa has been a land of culture and arts from times immemorial, and has expressed dance in the best form and the ideal ways. The Rajarani Music Festival also has been one such lovely occasion, which shows the richness and the absolute finessed Of Indian classical music. There are evening concerts held here and these have great masters of the Indian Classical Music arena regaling the audience with their talent and performances. The air gets enchanted with their tunes, and while these maestros play on their lovely instruments and fill the air with enthralling music, the audience remains raptured in attention with their lovely enlightening music.

Rajarani Music festival

So during the cooler months, while the whole of India is reeling under the cold air, Orissa gets heated up with these musical extravaganzas which prove to be the ideal way of purifying the soul and lightening the mind. These music festivals are totally dedicated to traditional dance and music. The Orissa state has Odissa as one of the main dances ad so this is showcased in the best way possible here. Orissa also has many folk dances and tribal fare. If you happen to be in this part of India, Then do attend one of these very many music festivals here and just let your creative interests flow here and come back with cherished memories. These festivals have the popular Orissa temples as their venues and have the ideal setting for exhibiting the talents of great masters.

Then you have the Mukteshwar Dance Festival which is usually held in the second week of January. Come here to enjoy the beautiful fare of Odissi music and dance and watch the performances come alive in the solo, group and duet dances and songs that are presented. This year in 2012, many reputed troupes are going to perform and these are going to come from across India from places like Kolkata, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Cuttack etc. People from the US are also going to perform here. The venue normally is the courtyard of one of the most popular Bhubhaneshwar temples which has been really well preserved.

Mukteshwar Dance Festival Mukteshwar Dance Festival

The Konark Music and Dance Festival is also a total expression of the dance and music culture in this part of the world. This is normally organized by the Konark Natya mandap which is a people’s institution established by the people for enhancing the culture of the people here. This was a discovery of the dance guru Gangadhar Pradhan who has been instrumental in propagating this dance culture across the country and in the state of Orissa. This is being held longer than the Konark festival and has a venue that resembles the famous Sun Temple. This festival normally has an Odissi dance as its inaugural programmed and it is usually presented by the Guru Gangadhar Pradhan’s Orissa Dance Academy.

Konark Music and Dance Festival

Dance festivals and music shows are one way of endorsing Indian culture and enhances the interest in such kinds of art. Also it encourages the popularity of this dance and music form and spreads an air of celebration across the region.

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