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Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi five day long Drama Festival Kicks Off

BHUBANESWAR:26/4/22: The Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (OSNA) has chosen the medium of theatre, dance, and music to tell the stories of Odias who laid the foundation of modern Odisha. In the first phase, the Akademi will be staging five plays from April 25 to 29 in Bhubaneswar on five eminent personalities — Utkal Gourab Madhusudhan Das, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja, Gana Kabi Baishnaba Pani, Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi and legendary freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. In this series Bhima Bhoi’s play. was staged by Bhubaneswar-based organization  MANAN  directed by  Monoj Pattnaik. Odia Language & literature, culture, Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi inaugurated the drama festival. Among others, President Odisha Sangeet Natak Aruna MohantyVicePresident  Manmath Satapathy  &  BMC  Mayor Sulochana Das have graced the occasion.
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“Called the ‘Legends of Odisha’, the biopics will be directed and written by eminent theatre directors and writers of the state. We planned theatre first as it is a good medium to introduce culture to people,” said Prabodh Rath, secretary of the Akademi. Work on the plays started six months ago when the theatre personalities did extensive research and selected actors (more than 25 artists in each play) to put in place the productions.

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