The fourth edition of India International Dance Festival (IIDF) will be hosted at Bhanja Kala Mandap in Bhubaneswar from July 20 to 23, daily from 2 pm to 9 pm. Around 200 dancers from 10 countries, dance scholars and exponents of various dance forms from India and abroad are set to perform in the dance festival.
The event is being hosted by Samskritiki, a 27-year-old cultural society of Odisha that has been hosting the annual Odissi International dance festival in Bhubaneswar since 2010. IIDF was launched in Bhubaneswar in 2015 and it has become a multi-city event in the meanwhile. It happens in Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and North East.
“We look forward to bringing together tribal, folk, classical, martial and contemporary dance forms on a common platform. The aim is to strengthen bonds among countries and cultures through dance, apart from highlighting Bhubaneswar as a city of culture and promoting cultural tourism in Odisha,” said festival director Shyamhari Chakra.
The dance forms, which will be highlighted at the festival this year, are Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Sattriya. Dancers and dance researchers from Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Middle East and USA are taking part in the festival along with many other artistes from all over the country.
Apart from dance performances, the festival will have seminars, screening of films and documentaries on dance, exhibition of books, journals, brochures, DVDs and photographs on dance besides visit to cultural institutions such as the Odisha State Museum, Tribal Museum, Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre, temples and heritage sites in and around Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri.
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