03 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: With the Konark Festival 2019 to be held from December 1 to 5, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Thursday, while chairing a preparatory meeting for the event at conference hall of State Lokseva Bhawan, directed the concerned authorities to make it world class.
He held discussions on the matters relating to sequence of the programmes, selection of items and troops and directed to focus on quality of the programmes and participating troops for escalating the festival to a world class tourism and cultural show.
It was decided in the meeting that the cultural troop from Indonesia would present their performance in the festival. The troops having national and international reckon from different parts of India would present their programmes.
Tripathy directed to give place to various classical dance and songs of India along with the Odissi dance and music. During the festival, each day there would be an Odissi programme followed by other classical dances. The dances like Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Manipuri, etc. would be presented by the troops from various States.
Tourism Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev apprised that the Konark festival would be followed by other great cultural events like Mukteswar Festival from January 14 to 16, 2020, Rajarani Festival from January 18 to 20, 2020 and Dhauli Utsav from February 6 to 8, 2020. Administration has started advance preparations for these festivals.