Malaysia to host global Odissi dance fest

May 2nd, 2008 - 2:57 pm ICT by admin  

Kuala Lumpur, May 2 (IANS) Malaysia will host a month-long Odissi dance festival from May 21 showcasing artists and scholars of the dance form from home and across the world. Bijayini Satpathy, Aruna Mohanty, Arushi Mudgal, Rahul Varshney and Madhavi Mudgal of India will be joined by January Low, Shantona Bag and Rathimalar of Malaysia, Masako Ono of Japan, Mitali Devi of Britain, and Raka Maitra of Singapore in performances through the month till June 22, the New Straits Times said Friday.

Other dancers include Malaysia’s renowned Sutra Dance Theatre founder Ramli Ibrahim, Guna, Ajith Bhaskaran, Jagatheyswara, Parveen Nair and Harenthiran and Singaporean-Australian dancer Veshu.

The festival will bring together more than a hundred dancers, musicians, visual artists and scholars from Malaysia and beyond.

“This festival will be the most extensive Odissi exposition held in Malaysia - a celebration of the different creative expressions of the traditional dance,” the newspaper said.

There will also be an exhibition of paintings and photographs inspired by the dance form as well as several lecture-demonstrations.

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