Outreach Cultural Evening, reviving Odisha’s Dying Folk Art

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Reported By Insha Zarine Sayeed and Kanhu Charan Gouda

Bhubaneswar, July 19: Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan(BVB), Bhubaneswar in collaboration with the Infosys Foundation, Bengaluru, has taken the initiative to revive the rich cultural heritage of the state of Odisha by conducting the outreach cultural evenings on a regular basis on the first and third Monday evening of every month at its Kharvel Nagar Campus with the advent of technological revolution and modernization, it has been observed that focus on ancient art and culture of our country is gradually dwindling and has the threat of extinction. This endeavor of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan will go a long way in bringing resurgence to the traditional folk arts of the state and preserve the same. As a part of the Institutional Society Responsibility, all the faculty members, staff and students of Bhavan’s B-School, “Bhavan Centre for Communication and Management” take keen interest in organizing these cultural evenings professionally.

The outreach cultural programme was inaugurated on 23rd May 2016, Ghoda Nacha, followed by String Puppet Show on 6th June 2016 having Mr. Manoranjan Panigrahy, IRS, Principal Secretary, Culture and Public Relation, Government of Odisha as the Chief Guest. This was followed by Bharat Leela on the 20th of June 2016 and Ravana Chhaya on 4th July 2016.

The fifth programme in the series is Gahano, performed by Maa Khambeswari Natyakala from Humuki(Asika) which is in Ganjam District and it is being directed by Guru Shri Simanchal Nayak. Gahano is a very old folk dance of Odisha, symbolizing the fight for inequality prevailing in the society. The artists enact the day to day activities in a dramatized dancing manner.

In the beginning of the show, Dr. Manmanth Satpathy, Associate Director Culture, BVB, Bhubaneswar, mentioned about the importance of the Gahno. He mentioned that Ghano was not only a source of the entertainment but also has been a significant vehicle in spreading the rich socio-cultural message to the society. Major Gen. Basant Kumar Mahapatra, Chairman, BVB, Dr S.K. Tamotia, Vice-Chairman, BVB, Sri Ananta Mahapatra, Advisor Culture, BVB and Major Anupam Chatterjee, Director Culture, BVB of Bhubaneswar Kendra were the distinguished personalities present in this cultural evening. There was a large gathering including members of press and media, special invitees and the public.

The programme made the audience spell bound and it was highly appreciated.

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