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Guinness World Records enlists Odissi dance show


SUBRAT DASH | Odisha, January 24, 2012 16:59
Tags : Guinness World Records | Odissi dance | IPAP |


The Guinness World Records (GWR) finally enlisted the gala Odissi dance programme, that was organized in Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneswar on 23 Dec 2011. On the eve of International Odishi Dance festival, 555 Odissi dancers from across the world performed Odissi dance continuously for 28 minutes on the same platform.
A certificate issued by Guinness World Records in this regard reached Indian Performing Arts Promotion (IPAP) and Odisha government on Janurary 22. It is considered as a new milestone in the progress and popularity of Odissi dance all over the world.
The event was the largest ever Odissi dance festival which took place at the centre field of Kalinga stadium organized by Odisha tourism in collaboration with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre and Indian Performing Arts Promotion Inc, USA.
The participants at this festival included both national and international dancers from places like Odisha, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Japan, Peru, USA and Malaysia. 
These disciples of 30 gurus performed in five phases of classical Odissi-Manglacaran, Pallvi, Batu, Agnya and Mokshya in this colorful event. The concept was developed by Guru Ramahari Das, Durgacharan Ranbir, Aruna Mohanty and Dr Sangita Gosain. Music and choreography was done by Guru Ramhari Das and Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra and music was arranged by Tarakanta Panda.
Deputy Chairman of Odisha Sangita Nataka Academy, Aruna Mohanty, said, “The confirmation of Odishi dance in the Guinness World Record (GWR) is a glorious episode for Odissi.”
“Being a part of this Odissi Mahakumbha, I feel very proud and it is an auspicious moment for me,” said, Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, the main choreographer of this gala event.
The entire event was dedicated to three legendary Gurus of Odissi, late Kelu Charan Mohapatra, Deba Prasad Das and Pankaja Charan Pradhan. All documents and video recordings of the programme were sent to Guinness World Record Authority following which the GWR gave a green signal to Odissi dance.
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