The Temple City Festival
10th- 20th January 2013


Bhubaneswar- the Temple City of India was earlier known as Ekamra Kshetra literally meaning the land of mango orchards. The name had a mythological significance as the mango orchards have a special relevance in the union of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Thus Bhubaneswar is known to be a renowned Shaiva Pitha. Being the capital city of the culturally rich Orissa, Bhubaneswar has nourished and encouraged creativity in all forms. The city boasts of a unique tradition of arts, crafts, dance, music and literature. Anchored to its traditional roots, the city has matched steps with changing times and that too, quite gracefully! Ekamra- the Temple City Festival is an occasion to celebrate this unique dynamic spirit of Bhubaneswar. This festival showcases the impeccable blend of tradition and modernity, which is characteristic of the city. The various components of the festival revive the cultural heritage and simultaneously express Bhubaneswar’s acceptance of the modern outlook.

Date: 14th - 16th January 2013 (6.00 pm to 8.30 pm)

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Mukteswar Temple in Bhubaneswar, famous for its elegantly carved arched gateway is considered as one of the finest examples of Orissan architecture.

The complex of this legendary temple serves as the venue of the Mukteswar Dance Festival. This festival celebrates the unrivalled charisma of Odissi, the classical dance form of Orissa. Star Odissi dancers tapping their feet to the strokes of the accompanying instruments like mardal mesmerize the audience with their classic attire and graceful movements.

Solo, duet and group  performances by these dancers, their abhinaya, bhangi and mudra give the onlookers a transcendental experience.

Sl.No. Date Name of the Artists Dance style
Day -1 14.01.2013 Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya,
Shiva Bandana
14.01.2013 Smt. Sangeeta Das, Pandicherry Solo Odissi Dance 
14.01.2013 Lingaraj Pradhan & Sanjukta Dutta, Bhubaneswar Duet Odissi Dance
14.01.2013 Odisha Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar Group Odissi Dance
Day -2 15.01.2013 Shri Prafulla Kar & Group, Bhubaneswar Shiva Bandana
15.01.2013 Naba Kishore Mishra, Bhubaneswar Solo Odissi Dance 
15.01.2013 Rashmi Raj & Biswabhusan Mahapatra, Bengaluru Duet Odissi Dance
15.01.2013 Poushali Mukerjee & Group, Kolkata Group Odissi Dance
Day -3 16.01.2013 Shri Shantanu Mohapatra & Group, Bhubaneswar Shiva Bandana
16.01.2013 Smt. Sujata Mohapatra, Bhubaneswar Solo Odissi Dance 
16.01.2013 Debasish Pattnaik & Niladri Bhusan Mohanty,
Duet Odissi Dance
16.01.2013 Vitalina Lobach & Group, Russia Group Odissi Dance


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Rajarani Temple Premises, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Date: 18th- 20th Jan 2013 (6.00 pm onwards)

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Orissa is a land of arts, crafts, literature, dance and music.

The people of Orissa have always expressed their quest for creativity in any and every form. The Rajarani Music Festival held in the beautiful courtyard of the Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar is one such occasion to celebrate the richness and originality of Indian classical music. Evening concerts by great maestros of Indian Classical music fill the air with enchanting chimes. When these experts play on their musical instruments the listeners get captivated by the soul-lifting music.

Sl.No. Date Name of the Artists Dance style
Day -1 18.01.2013 Shyamamani Devi, Cuttack Odissi Vocal
18.01.2013 U. Srinivas, Chennai Mandolin
Day -2 19.01.2013 Guru Banamali Moharana & Group, Bhubaneswar Odissi Mardala
19.01.2013 Dr. M. Balamuralikrishnan, Chennai Carnatic Vocal
Day -3 20.01.2013 Guru Ramhari Das, Bhubaneswar Odissi Vocal
20.01.2013 Dr. L. Subramaniam & Kavita Krishnamurti, Bengaluru Carnatic Violin & Carnatic Vocal

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(10th - 14th December 2013)

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Kalinga Mahotsav is an annual event of martial dances held on the historically significant Dhauli hills on the bank of River Daya near Bhubaneswar.

With the giant white Peace Pagoda as the backdrop, the expert martial dancers exhibit incredible postures of aggression, defense and escape with a grace, par imagination. As one observes these stunning movements in front of the magnificent Buddhist monument under a starry sky, memories of the ancient Kalinga War which had led to the miraculous transformation of Emperor Ashoka become alive.

While the martial dancers thrill the audience with their rhythm and precision of movement, the Dhauli Stupa stands still delivering a message loud and clear that ‘peace reigns supreme’.


EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2012
EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2011
EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2010
EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2009
EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2008
EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2007

EKAMRA The Temple City Festival 2006





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