Bhubaneswar: Odissi dancers from various parts of the world are in the capital city to display their talents at the International Odissi Dance Festival that began at the Rabindra Mandap on Wednesday.

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

The festival, this year, features 99 solo, 20 duet and 21 group performances.

The objective of the annual festival that began in 2006 is to bring Odissi dancers from across the country and abroad on to a single platform and to help them get trained under different gurus from different parts of the globe and to interact, improvise and learn from each other.