Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 26:
The second edition of Odisha Biennale will be inaugurated at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) here this evening. The week-long event, organised by Mudra Foundation and MOPA group, has dancers and artists from around the globe to encourage innovative and creative expression.
An extravaganza of performances, workshops, artist talks, installations and a guided tour, this melting pot of an experience aims to bring together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange to the rich cultural heritage of Odisha. This year’s theme of the exhibition is ‘Mélange’. It will be open from 11:00 to 20:00 at NIFT pavilion.
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, the legendary classical flutist will inaugurate Odisha Biennale in NIFT this evening. The entire week will see ‘Butoh’ dance workshop and lecture by Natsu Nakajima. ‘Butoh’ is a Japanese conceptual dance form. An artist invokes imagery through physical depictions and thus expresses himself/herself.
Besides ‘Butoh’ dance, 3D Mapping workshop by ANTYMARK, ‘Baul’ music performance by Laxman Das Baul, a seminar on ‘Self-reflective ethnographic writing’ by Yuki Imoto, music and visual improvisation recital by Tomas Tello and Kunihiko Matsuo and a lot many performances are a part of the programme.
As a final act, Mudra Foundation and the state Tourism Department will hold a tour to the three Buddhist sites of Lalitagiri, Udayagiri and Ratnagiri in Odisha, with a registration fee of Rs. 1000 per individual. Akiro Nakamura, an M.A. student of archaeology in Nalanda University and a post graduate from University of Tokyo, will be the tour guide.
Odisha Biennale first begun in 2013 as a global convocation of visual/performing artists from all genres such as classical, folk, contemporary, etc. with all diversity from around the globe. Through partnerships with Japan and international voices, Odisha Biennale aims to support an Odia cultural identity that is both locally rooted and internationally relevant.