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1st ever pan-European Odissi Dance Festival to be held in Rome & Madrid

17/05/2022 at 12:15 PM

Rome (Italy), May 17: For the first time ever, a pan-European Odissi Dance Festival is being held across the two largest European cities, Rome and Madrid. The four-day-long Odissi Festival will begin on May 21 at the iconic Garbattela Theatre in Rome, the cultural capital of Europe.

The festival is being held by the Europe-based GCP Performing Arts Centre in association with Odisha-based OYSS. It will be held at two of Europe’s largest cities & cultural nerve centers, the Italian capital city of Rome and the Spanish capital city of Madrid spanning four days in May and June 2022.

The festival is being organized under the leadership of UN Diplomat Baisali Mohanty who founded the Oxford Odissi Centre at Oxford University in 2015 and heads the GCP Performing Arts Centre. Well-known Italian dance exponent Silvia Vona, who is the Europe Coordinator of GCP Performing Arts, is the co-convenor of the festival. The Indian Embassies in Italy and Spain are supporting partners for the festival.

The festival is scheduled to be attended by several European leaders, parliamentarians, celebrities, and diplomats.

All dance choreographies have been composed on the festival theme ’Art for Peace’ with an underlying message of global peace. It will feature live performances by renowned Odissi dancers from both India & Europe including Padma Shri Ileana Citaristi, Guru Rina Jana (Kolkata), Ganga Devi, Dr. Elana Catalano (London), Lipsa Satpathy, Silvia Vona, Baisali Mohanty, Karine Leblanc (France), Shilpa Bertuletti and their troupes.

Apart from the live dance performances, the festival will also include live Odissi workshops and exhibitions on the history of Odissi dance and Odisha.

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