Koraput,04/08/19:The 3 day theatre carnival at Koraput by Nandanik concluded with the audience enjoying a series of programmes including lecture, seminar and drama performances by teams from Bhubaneswar, New Delhi and Kolkata apart from Koraput.
On 1st August, Nandanik organized the Foundation Day Lecture at COATS Seminar Hall, Koraput. DrManmatha Kr Satapathy, ex secretary, Odisha SangeetNatakAkademi delivered a talk on Folk Culture of Odisha. The session was presided over by Shri K C Nisanka, eminent researcher. The session was inaugarated by Shri A K Sethy, District Culture Officer, Koraput. The AsimBasu Memorial Award was handed over to ShriDambarudharNayak by BhaswatiBasu.
On 2nd August, a national level seminar on ‘Folk Culture and Media’ was organized by Nandanik in joint collaboration with Kolkata based academic journal Parbo. Acdemicians and art practitioners presented papers in the seminar convened jointly by Dr Jhansi Singh and Saumendra Kr Swain.
On 2nd August, the 4th edition of the Deomali Theatre Festival was started at Town Hall, Koraput with inauguration by Shri R S Das, Exective Director, NALCO, Damanjodi, ShriJugal Kishore Panda, AIR, Jeypore, Shri Krishna Singh, eminent social worker ShriNiloy Roy and ShriProbirGuha, eminent theatre directors from New Delhi and Kolkata. All the guests congratulated Nandanik on reaching 5 years and spearheading the theatre movement in Koraput.Shri R S Das said, “We appreciate the efforts of Nandanik and will stand by the efforts of Nandanik to promote theatre in Koraput district.”Shri J K Panda described the significance of theatre as an art form.
Nandanik presented the play Nayeeka based on the plays of RamakantaRath. It was scripted and directed by Sourav Gupta. The play deals with the unconditional passion of a person for an actress and advocates that true love is unconditional. The next performance Kala Jal by Delhi based People’s Theatre Group was a strong non verbalstatement regarding water pollution.
On 3rd August, the Alumina Girls School, Damanjodi presented a play, Swabhiman, on Rights of Girl Child. It was supported by NALCO, designed by Ashok Kar and directed by SusantaKar. Alternative Living Theatre presented Gharwapsikigeet under the direction of SNA awardee ShriProbirGuha. The play in living theatre signature style of Guha was highly physical and musical in form and emphasized the important issue of curses of industrialization and uprooting of people from their homeland.
Nayika Natyachetana presented a modern adaptation of Fakir Mohan’s Rebati by Subodh Patnaik titled Rebati-Eibati-Sebati. The solo performance by Sujata Priyambada was liked by everyone. The play centre around women’s education in present social context.
Inspite of the heavy rainfall, there was a heavy turnout in the festival.
Bhubaneswar,24/07/19: Actor Aditya Seal, who has starred in various films like ‘Tum Bin II’, ‘Namaste England’ and more recently ‘Student Of The Year 2’, will feature alongside Kiara Advani in the romantic comedy ‘Indoo Ki Jawani’.
Directed by Bengali filmmaker Abir Sengupta, the story of the film revolves around a girl from Ghaziabad who gets into hilarious situations, swiping right and left on a dating app.
Fresh out of the success of ‘Kabir Singh’, Kiara will be looking for her perfect match via dating apps in the film.
Confirming his presence in the film, Aditya told Mumbai Mirror, “Yes, I am a part of this comedy of errors. I have to master a separate lingo and that will be revealed in the film.”
Speaking about his character in the film, the handsome actor said, “He’s very real and people will connect with him immediately.”
The 31-year-old actor also revealed that once he went to Tinder (an online dating app) out of curiosity, but deleted it in three days.
Recalling his experience on the app, he said, “All that swiping left, swiping right and matching with a person freaked me out, I deleted the app in three days.”
“I’ve chatted on Facebook Messenger, but Tinder and Hinge is too much for me. I felt like a bait of fresh meat,” he added.
On the other hand, Kiara had earlier admitted that she has never been on dating apps but has heard stories from her friends who use them.
“I have friends using these apps and have heard a lot of fun stories of their experiences. But nothing compared to what we have for you,” she said.
Produced by Nikkhil Advani, Niranjan Iyengar and Ryan Stephen, ‘Indoo Ki Jawani’ is expected to go on floors in September this year.
Currently, Kiara has an interesting line-up of films. She will be next seen in Dharma Productions’ ‘Good News’ opposite Diljit Dosanjh. Besides, the young actress will also play the female lead in ‘Laxmmi Bomb’ and ‘Shershah’.
On the other hand, after the success of ‘Student of the Year 2’, Aditya Seal is gearing-up for ‘The Invisible Mask’, a Netflix movie directed by Priyadarshan.
Bhubaneswar,26/05/19:The cultural evening of OM Kalinga Kala Parishad was held on 26th May 2019 on sunday evening at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
An academy for odissi dance, music, instruments and fine arts, OM Kalinga Kala Parishad organised its 36th annual cultural evening where almost 50 students of the institute performed together. The Chief Guest and Guests of Honour were Sj. Bijay Kumar Nayak, I.A.S, Director, Odia Language Literature & Culture, Dr. Basant Kumar Das, Professor Psychology, Drama Director, and Prof. Chitrangada Samantasinghar, Ex- Principal, Rama Devi Women's College, Bhubaneswar respectively. The guests emphasied on the importance of dance and music for a peaceful mind. They prominently specified on the need for awareness of classical dance as a physical exercise and therapeutic values for reducing stress. The cultural secretary Dr. Aradhana Panigrahi welcome the august gathering. The director and founder principal, Guru Smt. Rashmi Mishra introduced the guests and gave a brief yearly report. Dr. Sudhanshu Mohan Tripathy, presided over the meeting. The evening also included felicitation of 4 young achievers of the state with the "Yuva Prgativa Samman-2019". The awardess were Dutee Chand, Sprinter, Olympic athlete, Master Naisargik Lenka, Environmentalist and Pradhan Mantri Bal Shakti Puraskar 2019 awardee, Gungun, Anchor and Actress, Odia Television and Films and Sujeet Paikaray, Actor, Odia Television and Films. The odissi dance and music items included Mangalacharan "Ganesh Bandana", Kalabati Pallavi, Geeta Gobinda "Lalita Labanga Lata', odissi dance drama "Tapaswini". The other dance items were 'baaje bainsi nache ghoogura', palli nrutya 'thekua' etc. The odissi vocal include Raga Saberi and Saja Kanja Nayana songs. Dance drama based on nature poet Late Gangadhar Meher's written "Tapaswini " was well-acclaimed by the dance connoisseurs. The audience was spellbound with all the performances presented by the institution. All the performances were composed and choreographed by Guru Smt. Rashmi Mishra and assisted by her daughter-disciple Dr. Aradhana Panigrahi. The event was well-organised by Shri Kamalakanta Panigrahi.
Koraput,12/04/19:Nandanik, a theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha observed the National Street Theatre Day today at Koraput by organizing a "Workshop on Street Theatre". The members of Nandanik took part in the workshop where sessions were taken on open space acting, voice modulation and use of body language. After the workshop the participants performed a self improvised street drama.
Prof Sourav Gupta, an eminent theatre director and an exponent of open space theatre was the principal resource person in the workshop. The programme was coordinated by Saumendra Kumar Swain and Tanuja Pati.
"We perceive mancha nataka or proscenium as theatre but today we learned that street theatre has a very different flavour and aesthetics", said Abinash Pani, one of the participants.
"We, at Nandanik, regularly organize workshops as it is a great way of learning theatre. Specially in places like Koraput, where there are no proper theatre auditorium, street theatre can be a great medium", said Monideepa Gupta, secretary of Nandanik.
The National Theatre Day is observed by theatre workers all over India in memory of theatre martyr Safdar Hashmi, who was murdered during a street theatre performance.
Koraput,27/03/19:Nandanik, a theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha organized a school theatre competition to observe the World Theatre Day 2019. About 50 school students participated in the competition which was held in association with Bikash Vidyalaya, Koraput.
The inaugural dais comprised Shri Kamalesh Sahu & Gokul Chandra Pradhan, teachers of Bikash Vidyalaya and Monideepa Gupta & Saumendra Swain of Nandanik. The speakers emphasized on the importance of theatre in developing the school curriculum. Monideepa Gupta explained the history of the World Theatre Day and Saumendra Kumar Swain read out the message of the World Theatre Day which has been given by Carlos Celbral of Cuba and adapted in Odia by Subodh Patnaik.
The theatre competition had three categories-Skit, Mime and mono action. Out of 50 candidates 9 students have been specially marked by judges for their presentation quality. ‘We will give prizes to the students during Nandanik’s national theatre festival’, informed Monideepa Gupta.
“For Nandanik every day is a world theatre day as we engage with theatre throughout the year. However, theatre needs to be promoted in Koraput and we took this opportunity to encourage school students to take up theatre as they are the future. We have spotted great talents and will train them in Theatre”, said Prof Sourav Gupta, creative director of Nandanik.
The World Theatre Day is celebrated every year on 27 March since 1962 by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO.
Koraput,21/02/19:Nandanik, a theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha organised a two day workshop on 6-7 February 2019 at its office in Koraput. The workshop was on 'Theatre Organisation'. The workshop was aimed at learning of procedures to run a theatre group and identifying the various avenues of resource mobilization for theatre artists and groups.
Sourav Chattopadhyay, director of Kolkata based Theatre Workers Repertory was the principal resource person of this workshop. The young members of Nandanik who aspire to become full time theatre professionals took part in the workshop. The participants were trained to do documentation, maintain files, paperwork, preparation of projects for grants and scholarships etc.
Ajaya Edding, a participant said, 'The workshop was very useful as it showed us the way to become economically self sufficient in Theatre.' Prof Sourav Gupta, creative director of Nandanik said, 'Nandanik's long term aim is to develop a few young theatre enthusiasts of Koraput into semi professional theatre artists if not fully professional and this workshop was a small step towards it.'
Nandanik was established in 2014 in Koraput and has been constantly engaged in activities related to theatre learning, training & production.
THE CURTAIN OF DHAULI-KALINGA MAHOTSAV DROPS WITH INDIAN CALSSICAL DANCES, MUSIC AND MARTIAL FLAVOURMonday, 11 February 2019 13:44 Written by odishabarta
Bhubaneswar, (Dhauli) ,10/02/19: It was the concluding day at the 15th Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav presented by Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha and organised by Orissa Dance Academy & Art Vision, Bhubaneswar. Reverberating the gospel of peace and rejuvenating the nuances of Indian classical, martial and contemporary dances the valedictory evening was realy a splendid one leaving the connoisseurs mesmerized.
The programme started with Odissi dance by Madhulita Mohapatra and Group from Bengaluru. Their first presentation was Shivam Dhimahi followed by Hari Samaran Mado. Both the items were choreographed by Madhulita Mohapatra. Next programme was Kathak dance by Rani Khanam & Group from New Delhi. Their first items was Nachat Sudhanga Sri Nanda Nadan followed by Yamunastakam. Next presentation was Contemporary Dance Kalarippayttu by Sreejith T. R. & Group from Kerala. The acrobatic movements with the varied traditional weapons displayed by the artistes stunned the audience.
The concluding item of the concluding evening was Make in Odisha presented by Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, Cornucopia Creations, Bengaluru and Md. Saiful Haque, Moksha, Cuttack. The artistic composition of Make in Odisha engages with a very broad canvas, covering numerous episode of the historical glory and artistic excellence of Odisha.
The guest of the evening were Maj General Basanta Kumar Mohapatra,Dr SK Tamotia,Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,Sebtan Joseph,general Manager,HR,NTPC,Dr Sunil Kothan Dance Critic,Manoranjan Panigrahy,Principal Secretary, Culture Department,Dr RK Pattnaik,Tourist officer,H.Q,Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra,Director,Srijan, and Guru Aruna Mohanty, Secretary, Orissa Dance Academy. The programme was compered by Anuja Tarini Mishra and Dr. Srinivas Ghatuari.
Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta
ROURKELA,03/02/19:Most awaited’ Brahmani River Festival’ inaugurated with all joy and enthusiasm and today was the second day of the musical bonanza. This evening was the event by many famous artist hence, gathering was good enough to witness the mega musical and dance nights. On the first day many chairs for audience were remaining vacant though entry to the event was absolutely free. Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) has spent a lot of money for this cultural mega event but it seems, promotion for the event had to be more aggressive and precise. Anyway, efforts are encouraging. On the second day of the evening the main attraction was Prince Dance Group(India Got Talent) from Berhampur and they performed beautifully to the expectation of the audience followed by Adivasi dance from Nabarangpur, dance from Lehri group from Sambalpur, dance performance form Nupur Dance group from Kolakata, India’s famous dancer, Harihar for his unique dance performance has mesmerized the audience. In music section, the famous Rituraj Mohanty was the main attraction and he sang all his favorite songs for more than 30 minutes which made the crowd rejoice with his singing. Again the evening was cherished with dance programme by Music Circle one of the leading musical organizations in Rourkela. The evening was all crowded by maximum young students who loved this slightly chilled evening with their friends and relatives enjoying dance and music programme with spending time in eating varieties of foods available in the stalls. The final day of the festival will be more attractive and it will showcase what Odisha is all about..