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Kalinga Mahotsav

When people celebrate their heritages and ways of life, the spirit of revelry crosses languages, continents and cultures.
For the people of Orissa Dhauli hill at the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is more a living experience than a memory. Twenty three hundred years ago, their fore fathers fought one of the fiercest battles in human history against Emperor Ashok. They suffered loss of a hundred thousand men, lost the war, but gained immortality, because they metamorphosed a warring monarch into an apostle of non-violence and peace. The festival is a fitting tribute to the victory of Peace over War where renowned dancers of India perform harmonizing the vigor of martial art with sublime dance forms.

The Martial dancers interpret incredible postures of aggression, self-defence and escape in graceful dance-forms with their swords, spears and shields. They thrill audience with their rhythm and precision of movement.

Kalinga Mahotsav, a fabulous feast of dizzying dancing and dynamic stage presentations, is held at the hill of the famous Peace Pagoda. It showcases the vibrant traditions of martial arts of India through a colorful display of dances and music. The calm and solemn statue of Buddha overlooking the entire stage from the top of the stupa and the tranquil expanse of the countryside populated by paddy fields and cashew plantations provides the peaceful background to the outburst of movements and sounds which accompany the performance of the martial artists. The aim of the festival is to harmonize the vigor of martial tradition with the sublimity of peace through the art of dance.

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