February 27, 2015

Lokanritya and Lokabadya Utsav, Bhubaneswar

Rajya-Stariya Lokanritya and Lokabadya Utsav [State Level Folk Dances and Music Festival] was held on 25 and 26 February, 2015 at Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar. After organising the recently concluded and most wonderful events like the Luptapraya Loka Kala Utsav [Festival showcasing Dying Regional Arts] and the Sankirtan Mahotsav, kudos to Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy and Department of Culture, Govt. of Odisha for organising another brilliant festival showcasing Odisha's vibrant culture!


About Lokanritya and Lokabadya Utsav:

Odisha has hundreds of lively and wonderful folk dances combining all its 30 districts. Odisha's folk instruments are also most unique and brilliant. In fact, each district has its own unique flavour of culture.

Today, people do not know about these wonderful arts of their own soil, which is unfortunate. To give a fresh lease of life to the artists of these beautiful dances and music, while also making the general public aware of their own vibrant culture plus connecting to the roots of Odisha's rich cultural heritage, the Lokanritya and Lokabadya Utsav was organised.

This was an absolute celebration, with the most inimitable and best of Odisha's folk dances and musical performances coming together in this greatest, grandest PARTY!

Total five lively, awe-inspiring dances and two superb musical performances reverberated at Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar on 25th February- the inaugural day. Day 2 and concluding day of 26 February, mesmerised the audience with another array of most powerful and energetic four dances and two musical performances.

Day 1 of  Lokanritya and Lokabadya Utsav:

Presenting a summary of Day 1 events...each of these deserves a separate post which will be coming up soon! For now, a photo essay of awesome Day 1!!

Ghanta Mrudanga Badya: Both 'Ghanta' (metal round beaten with wooden stick) & Mrudanga played together establish direct connection with Lord Jagannath

Fabulous Chadheiya Dance from Ganjam district

Awesome Saahi Jaata of Puri, Odisha: Durga Medha was done superbly

Colorful & energetic Ghumura Dance from Kalahandi district

Rocking Ranappa Dance from Ganjam district

Beautiful traditional instrument Shehnai was played

Very rare, highly innovative Singha Badya was played with unique dance showing hunter and the hunted: From Kandhamal district

I was so re-charged and excited by the scintillating performances that I tweeted as below so that people did not miss this super-awesome festival on Day 2...

 It actually had pained me that several seats remained vacant even in such a wonderful, delightful, awe-inspiring evening. But this is the misfortune of the people themselves- a show without tickets or passes, conducted in a lovely auditorium with invites sent long ago, and still so few came.

So, did my tweets get in more people on Day 2?! Wait for my next post to know! And get to know about more awesomeness of Day 2 as well! :D


  1. Kudos to the Govt of Odisha for organizing this and to you for writing such a nice post & posting pics.
    Watched the videos you have posted on Twitter :)
    May we have more such cultural shows.

    1. Thanks so much Anita! I felt it's my duty to share this wonderful cultural heritage with the world..! :)

  2. Great post and yes Anita is right in praising the Govt. of Odisha for its efforts.
    PS. glad to know you are Marianne Dashwood ! Wow ....
    I emerged out as Elizabeth Bennet :p :)

    1. Thanks a lot Kokila! I got inspired to take the quiz by reading your blog! :)

  3. I love folk music and folk dance more than any other type, but haven't seen in years. i remember, years ago, it was Doordarshan which used to air such folk arts, but it seems they too have stopped now.

    You recent series of posts on these topics are very interesting and well written.

    1. Thanks so mch Saket! Welcome back to my blog after long! :) Oh...I think DD Bharti gives such programmes...but these r limited...U may not get 2 see every folk dance of every state!

  4. This is a great endeavour by the Odisha Government..hats off ...

    1. Yes Maniparna...yet it is sad that audience is less..more publicity needed....


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