Oriyas in America ready for 40th convention

June 3rd, 2009 - 10:31 am ICT by IANS  

By Jatindra Dash
Bhubaneswar, June 3 (IANS) Art, dance, theatre and other facets of Oriya culture will be in full play at the 40th convention of the Orissa Society of the Americas (OSA) to be held in the state of New Jersey next month.

The annual event will be held at Trenton from July 2 to 5 this year. OSA is one of the oldest Indian American associations.

“There would be several special events this year starting from the classical and traditional dances of our state to drama competitions,” Dhirendra Kar, former vice president of OSA, told IANS on phone from the US.

The 40th Convention will be a milestone in OSA’s history. It is expected to be the largest OSA convention, packed with cultural events, seminars, social networking, youth enrichment programmes and various symposiums.

Artists will enact ‘Kali Jaai’, an epic Oriya story, and perform Lok Nrutya or traditional dances like ranapa, ghoda naacha, chhou and santala dance will be the greatest attractions of the event, he said.

Artists will also depict ‘Bharat Darshan’, showcasing India’s diversity, he said.

“We are also organizing a fashion show, an event of devotional songs, and classical dance performances such as Odissi by renowned artists,” he said.

OSA is an organisation whose goal is to promote Oriya culture in the US and facilitate the exchange of information between Orissa and North America. Founded in 1969, OSA has 14 regional chapters that operate as a social umbrella for different regions in the US.

(Jatindra Dash can be contacted at jatindra.d@ians.in)

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