A Marathon Odissi Festival

The IPAP (Indian Performing Art Promotions Inc.), an organisation based in Washington D.C. under the enthusiastic leadership of Pratap Das, specialises in mounting international festivals of Odissi. Its third International Festival in the series, held at the Orissa capital of Bhubaneswar from 26-30 December 2006, was a marathon event spread over three performance spaces the Rabindra Bhavan, the mini auditorium of the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in the adjoining compound, and the newly built amphitheatre which was ideal for group performances before large audiences comprising the general public. With innumerable Odissi dancers, critics and scholars participating, the sheer size of the festival was mind-boggling.