Bhubaneswar: For the very first time, a pan-European Odissi dance festival is taking place
in the two largest European cities. The four-day Europe Odissi Festival will begin
May 21 at the emblematic Garbattela theater in Rome, cultural capital of Europe.
The festival is organized by the Europe-based GCP Performing Arts Center in association
ciation with OYSS, based in Odisha, will be held in two of the largest cities and cul-
cultural hubs, the Italian capital Rome and the Spanish capital Madrid
over four days in May and June 2022.
The festival is organized under the leadership of UN diplomat Baisali Mohanty
who founded the Oxford Odissi Center at the University of Oxford in 2015 and runs the
GCP Performing Arts Center. The famous Italian dance singer Silvia Vona who
is the European coordinator of GCP Performing Arts is the co-organizer of the festival.
The Indian Embassy in Italy and Spain is a partner of the festival.
The festival is expected to bring together several European leaders, parliamentarians-
tarians, celebrities and diplomats.
All dance choreographies were composed on the theme of the festival ‘Art for Peace’
with an underlying message of world peace. It will feature live performances from
renowned Odissi dancers from India and Europe including Padma Shri Ileana
Citaristi, Guru Rina Jana (Kolkata), Ganga Devi Sheth, Dr Elana Catalano (London),
Lipsa Satpathy, Silvia Vona, Baisali Mohanty, Karine Leblanc (France), Shilpa
Bertuletti and their troops.
Apart from live dance performances, the festival will also include live Odissi works.
shops and exhibition on the history of Odissi and Odisha dance.