Source: narthaki.com; Photo Courtesy: Odisha Tourism

Organised by GKCM Odissi Research Centre under the aegis of Department of Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha, the International Odissi Dance Festival (Dec 23 – 29, 2012) got off to a colourful start showcasing varied aspects of Odissi repertoire through legendary, established and senior dancers of repute who enthralled the audience with their splendid performances. Eminent dancers like Sonal Mansingh from New Delhi, Aloka Kanungo from Kolkata, Gayatri Chand from Bhubaneswar, Nityananda Das and Bijay Kumar Dash from Bhubaneswar, Meera Das from Cuttack, Nandita Behera from USA, Swapnarani Sinha and group from Angul, Mahagami  group from Aurangabad were attractions on the inaugural evening.

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