Bhubaneswar: The five-day Konark festival will begin at the open air auditorium at Konark from today evening.
At least ten popular Indian classical dance troupes from India and abroad will perform at the backdrop of majestic Sun Temple of Konark during the five-day long classical dance festival between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm during the five-day long event.
The inaugural evening of the five-day long event will kick off with Odissi dance by Bhubaneswar-based Nupur Dance Academy followed by Bhartanatyam by Malaysian artists like Ramli Ibrahim and her troupe from Temple of fine arts, Kuala Lumpur.
Niranjan Rajendra and Group of Abhinava Dance Company of Bengaluru will perform Kathak followed by Odissi by Dona Ganguly and Group of Dikasha Manjari, Kolkata on the second day while the Odissi by Ramlibrahim and Group, Sutra Foundation of Malaysia followed by Kuchipudi by Vanshree Rao and Group of New Delhi will enthral audience on the third evening.
While the fourth evening will witness Manipuri dance by Bimbawati Devi and Group of Manipur Nartanlaya , Kolkata followed by Odissi by Daksha Mashurwala and Group, Kaishiki, Mumbai the fifth evening will showcase Mohiniattam by Kanak Rele and Group by Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai followed by Odissi by GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar.
The festival is being hosted by the Department of Tourism of the State Government. It aims at highlighting the world heritage site of Konark as a major tourists' destination while providing patronage to the marginalised Indian classical dance styles.