Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav – Enjoy unique martial dance forms

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Enjoy unique martial dance forms : Thanga, Raibanshe and Mallkhamb


Scores of national and international artistes are all set to stun houseful of visitors with their scintillating performances at three days Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav organized at the foothills of Dhauli Shanti Stupa, a Japanese Buddhist temple, located in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.


Showcasing various dance forms, the main highlights of this year’s festival included excellent amalgamation of martial traditions like Thanga Dance from Manipur, Raibanshe from West Bengal and Mallkhamb Dance from Puri.


The martial dances showcased a great chemistry of various martial art postures blending beautifully with graceful dance movements.


Martial art forms are developed and practiced in India since ancient times. This festival is a unique outlet and a great medium to create awareness about different martial art forms amongst the masses.


While Dhauli Mahotsav will witness concerts of classical and folk dance and music by synthesising religion and faith, Kalinga Mahotsav will send the message of peace through martial dances.


The great History


The Kalinga War was fought between Empire Ashoka the Great and the state of Kalinga, a feudal republic located on the coast of the present-day Odisha.


The Kalinga war, the only major war Ashoka fought after his accession to throne, is one of the major and bloodiest battles in world history.


Kalinga put up a stiff resistance, but they were no match for Ashoka’s brutal strength. The bloodshed of this war is said to have prompted Ashoka to adopt Buddhism accepting the eternal message of peace.


On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s.


The nearby region also houses Ashokan edicts.


The Dhauligiri hills also have an ancient Shiva temple possibly set up by Adi Shankar which is the place for mass gathering during Shiva Ratri Celebrations.