Five-day International Odissi Dance Festival from December 26

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Odissi Performance by Bindu Juneja & Kalyani Phagre from Bhopal at the International Odissi Dance Festival-2012 at Rabindra Mandap on Friday

Bhubaneswar: As curtains will fall on Odissi International – 2017, on December 23, another international-level festival is all set to start from December 26.

Odissi dancers from various parts of the world will showcase their talent at the International Odissi Dance Festival at the Rabindra Mandap here.

The five-day festival, is hosted by the state culture and tourism departments, and is organised by the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre.

The festival was initiated in 2006 by the Odissi Research Centre to help dancers, trained under different gurus and from different parts of the globe, to interact, improvise and learn from each other.

As many as 250 dancers, along with 200 musicians, will perform over five days. The festival will have two sessions everyday.

The festival will feature artistes from the US, Russia, Japan, China and 10 Indian states. Like the Odissi International Festival, the upcoming event would also feature solo, duet and group performances.