Landmark of war and peace to celebrate martial art festival

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After a year now the stage is all set for the three-day long 11th Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav, a national festival of performing arts, at Shanti Vihar, the foothills of Dhauli from 6th to 8th February 2015. Organised by Odissa Dance Academy and Odisha Tourism Department, the event will highlight the spectacular martial art and dance forms.


The inaugural evening will begin with ‘Bibidha Varna’ comprising of different folk art forms like Bajasal, Mayurbhanj Chhau, Sambalpuri dance, Gotipua dance, Ghanta Mridanga and Naga Nacha. This will be followed by Kathak performance by Smt. Aditi Mangaldas and martial art form (Kamsale dance) by Karthik Upamanyu and Neralu.


The second days evening will add colours to the show with the scintillating performances of Gotipua Dance by the members of Odisha Dance Academy and Aradhana Dance Academy. The mush awaited Odissi Dance Form will be by Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra only to be followed by martial dance by Rianto and Group from South Asia.


The third and final day of the Mahotsav will showcase the ‘Charisnu’ comprising of Indian Classical dances like Bharatnatyam by Leela Samson and group, Kathak by Aditi Mangal Das and Group, Manipuri by Priti Patel and Group, Kathakali by Sadanam Balakrishna and group, Odissi by Aruna Mohanty and Group, music ensemble by Mahesh Vinaykram and Group. The event will bid good-bye for a year with a performance of Chhau Nritiya by Mayur Art centre from Mayurbhanj.


The brainchild of ODA founder and prominent Odissi exponent late Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, the Dhauli Mahotsav started way back in 2004. Later on Ileana Citaristi well known Italian born Odissi Exponent conceptualized the Kalinga Mahotsav. In due course Odisha Tourism Department came forward as a partner, clubbed the two festivals together and renamed it as Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav since 2011.


The Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav is organised to mark the victory of peace over fight while paying tribute to the Buddhist philosophy of winning people’s heart through Dharma. Therefore, the backdrop of the event is the Vishwa Shanti Stupa or the Peace Pagoda. The graceful movements and powerful body languages with commendable energy is something to be seen in the performances.


The venue takes back to years back to realize how the mighty Emperor Ashoka having won the war was feeling restless at the sight of slain soldiers, wailing survivors and realizing the hollowness of his victory. Thereafter King Ashoks denounced all his power and followed the path of peace under the buddhist monk Upagupta. He then undertook a journey to enlighten the masses about the lessons and teachings of Buddhism.


So what are you waiting for! Book your tickets and pack your baggage to witness the historical Dhauli and enjoy evenings amidst spectacular performances from across the country. We are sure the inscriptions on the rock cut sculptures by King Ashoka to follow Dharma and march ahead in life while spreading peace will appeal to you.


How to reach:


By Air: Nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport with Dhauli about 3 kms from the airport.


By Rail: Bhubaneswar is the Railway station just 5-6kms away from Dhauli.


By Road: One can hire Taxi’s to travel the distance anywhere from the city within a radius of 10-15 kms.