MANGALDAI, Nov 7 - Ojapali performed by distinguished artiste Dhruba Jyoti Barua and his teammates enthralled audience in the recently-concluded India International Dance Festival (IIDF) held at Bhanja Kala Mandap at Bhubaneswar from October 25 to October 27.
The event organised by �Samskriti� brought together more than 200 dancers of both the folk and classical styles from different parts of India and abroad. According to the festival director Shyamhari Chakra, the objective of such a festival was to encourage new talent and bring together different forms of dance �sans divisions� in one platform.
According to reports, the second day of the festival was inaugurated by Ojapali artiste Dhrubajyoti Barua hailing from Sipajhar, in Darrang district and presently a resident of Guwahati along with Kuchipudi exponent Guru Badrinath Madabhusi and Mayurbhanj Chau exponent Sadashib Pradhan along with the festival directors Sai Venkatesh of Bangalore and Vikram Goud of Vishakapatnam. Ojapali dance of Assam was performed in the same evening by Dhrubajyoti Barua as �Oja� assisted by his group of �Pali�s namely Sanjay Nath, Pawan Nath, Hironyo Kumar Nath and Nayan Jyoti Nath among others. The group started their performance with �Dasavatar� in Bishnu raag with the resounding �Gobindai harimoi gobindai, Gobindai poxilu xorono� complimented with the clinging of the khuti taal. The audience were almost spell bound with this presentation of the unique ancient art form which combined both dance and choral singing. The festival director congratulated the team and added that the team was able to establish Ojapali on an international platform.