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..
Berhampur,31/01/19:The Berhampur Mahanagar Mahotsav which is on the way of full grip in Berhampur City for last five days.
Many intellectuals and Media persons of Berhampur city have accepted their active participation with a determination how to make the Mahotsav a grand success continuously for ten days.
This socio cultural festival is different to give optimum entertainment to the people like cultural lover of Ganjam as well Southern Odisha.
This Mahotsav is not dependent on the position of the sun, but on position of the moon. On this day, the moon light evening enters with many intellectuals and Media persons of the city to present the local cultural events and many ollywood talents.
Narayan Mahankud, President, of Mahotsav said that, benefit of highest merit acquired by a Holy dip on the every evening before the lord Jagannath as a token of implication. It is widely accepted that there is an inseparable relation between the media persons and huge audience for last five days. The Mohotsav celebrated their festival with gusto and fervour and they consider their festivals sacred and so participation.
BIswanath Patnaik, Secretary of Mahotsav committee said that, the main aim and object of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of hidden talents of the Ganjam and display its extravaganza and traditions.
For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of Ganjam. The festival unites one and all and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and religious ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Patnaik added.
Manoj Kanta Dash, Journalist cum Co-Ordinatotor of Mahotsav committee said, this is the right platform for artists for showcasing rich art and cultural tradition of Berhampur city and its peripherals.
While interacted with the Cultural committee chairman Ms Rashmita Panigrahy,she said as on date we have Padmashree Jitendra Haripal the famous talent of our Nation for “RANGAVATEE” song, In coming days we already received the confirmation from Human Sagar ,Popular cine singer in Odia film Industry and Abhijeet Majumdar popular Music Director, Singer of Odisha.
Last five days many eminent persons have joined as guest like Bijoy Kumar Dash,ADM,Ganjam,Dr RCC Chyu Patnaik,MLA Berhampur,Subash Moharana Chairman BDA,Pinak Mishra SP Berhampur,Rajendra Prasad Dash, Vice Chancelor,Berhampur University,Amarendranath Mishra,Vice Chancelor,Khalokote College University and Journalists’ Shaktidhar Rajguru, ,Manoj Kanta Dash, ,Jaganmohan Mohapatra,Dandapani Pradhan, ,Sammer Kumar Acharya, ,Debahari Behera, Sudeep Kumar Sahu,Chiranjeet Rajguru,Pranay Kumar Panda,Ms Rashmita Panigrahy,joined guest speaker .
Among others Satya Chetan Parida,Jogi Nahak,Asit Kumar Panda and ,Abhiram Patro those have extended their full cooperation to make these ten days function as grand success.
Dhenkanal,16/01/19:National Seminar on ‘Political Narratives in Indian Cinema’ organised Dhenkanal: With an objective to embed an implicit understanding of the world of cinema among the students, IIMC Dhenkanal organised a National Seminar on ‘Political Narratives in Indian Cinema’ here on Wednesday. Speaking on the event, senior journalist and film scholar Dr. Shoma A. Chatterjee said, “I can not differentiate between political and so-called apolitical cinema. In my opinion, every feature film has political undertone in it. Every film is political.”
Speaking on her topic, ‘Creativity Challenges to Capturing Conflict on Screen’ she said, “Even if you analyse a social or fantasy film, you will find the perspective of the creator in it. This particular opinion shapes our political views in a way. Hence it is safe to say that every film carries a certain amount of direct or indirect political messaging.”
Deliberating on ‘Grassroots Democracy and Regional Cinema’, Regional Director of IIMC Dhenkanal Prof. Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee highlighted how democratic values are portrayed in Indian Cinema. He said, “Even in political films, which are supposed to celebrate democracy, we often see heroism and how one hero is supposed to rescue the downtrodden from exploitation. This is exactly the opposite of what democracy stands for.”
Regional Director of CBFC, Cuttack Gopal Mahapatra, deliberated on ‘Politics and Entertainment in Indian Cinema’ while Film Researcher and National Film Award-winning critic Dr. Piyush Roy spoke on ‘Changing Celluloid Images of the Indian Politician’. A number of film researchers also presented their research papers on this occasion.
With the seminar, the three-day-long series of events titled ‘Filmi Chakkar-2’ also concluded. A two-day Film Appreciation Workshop was curated and conducted by Dr. Piyush Roy on 14th and 15th. There was also an exhibition of film magazines down the ages curated by film scholar Surya Deo. ‘Filmi Chakkar-2’ is the second edition of the much-acclaimed event ‘Filmi Chakkar’ held as part of the Institute’s Silver Jubilee celebration last year.
Jajpur,06/01/19:The week long annual Dharmasala Mahotsav in Dharmasala of Jajpur district attracted many artisans, dancers, poets , singers and other performers.
Dharmasala areas famous for Langudi, kaima Bajragiri,Deuli,Radha nagar and Tarapur the famous Buddhist sites buzzed with cultural activities during the Dharmasala Mahotsava for a week recently.
Dharmasala Mahotsav site has been lit up with decorative lights. Hundreds of artisans , dancers and others participated in the festival.
The aim of the festival is to spread the message of peace and love, and to educate people about the teachings of Buddha and cultural heritages of Dharmasala, said Ranjan das district collector of Jajpur.
Besides cultural functions, many handicraft centres of the state also opened their stalls in the festival. For centuries Dharmasala area has been the pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. Buddhism can be explored through its beautiful monasteries, sculpture, paintings and its colourful festivals. One such festival is Dharmasala Mahotsava, said Chiraman of Dharmasala block Pravat Balabantaray In 2007 to promote religious and cultural tourism, some organisations launched the annual festival Dharmasala Mahotsav at Dharmasala.The festival includes folk dances, Goti Pua dance, Odishi dance, Ghoda Nacha or Horse Dance drama based on the life of Lord Buddha and photo exhibitions, said Balabantaray.
Dharmasala festival is also a photographer’s delight as visually they are simply spectacular. People come from far and wide for this festival to add to the enthusiasm and joy with which it was celebrated. Ritual dances representing the triumph of Good over Evil are part of the festivities. These dances depicted the victory of the powerful deities of Mahayana Buddhism over evil spirits. The dancers are a swirl of colours as they gracefully execute the movements, wearing multi-hued robes and grotesque masks symbolising both evil and good spirits. It is an amazing sight guaranteed to hold every spectator spellbound till the very end Said Jaladhar Mohanty The President of the Mahotsav Committee. The Dharmasala Mahotsav is the dream come true event for the people of Dharmasala and its nearby areas. Many people witnessed colourful dances, dramas and photo exhibitions.