Sambalpur Kalaparishad; An organization working with an aim to keep the traditional Sambalpuri Folk Dance alive (WBRi Feature)

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Kolkata, September 28 (Washington Bangla Radio): Sambalpur Kalaparishad was established in the year 1956 with an aim and object of promotion of Dance and Music of Western Orissa.  Under the able leadership of Late Sri Murari Prasad Mishra, Ex. Minister a school was started functioning in the Parishad Premises for imparting formal training to the students in Dance and Music which runs till today.

In the mid sixties Guru Sri Ranjit Kumar Nag, an exponent in Sambalpuri Dance and Music, formulated the raw form of Sambalpuri Folk Dance in to a presentable style in stage.  This consisted of the Karma, Dalkhayee, Rasarkeli, Nachania, Bajnia and Mayla Jada varieties of folk dance which has acclaimed name and fame in  and outside India and continues to do so till today.

The aim and object of Sambalpuri Kala Parishad is to research, promote and propagate Sambalpuri Folk Dance in the form of performing arts.  Parishad has its own double storied building with six big rooms and the hall attached to an auditorium which is under construction with a capacity of 500 audiences.  There are three orissa Sangeet Natak Academic Awardees, Gurus in our institution.  

The institution performs the traditional Karma Group Dance which is usually seen in Western Orissa during the month of Bhadrab.  This dance is dedicated to Maa Karmsani for well being of youths and praying for happy married life.

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A Dalkhayee variety of dance is usually dedicated to Maa Durga during Dushera on the occasion of “Bhayee Jiyuntia” an auspicious festival for praying to Goddess Durga for well being of brothers.  These dances are performed by village girls.  In these varieties dance like Rasarkeli, Nachinia, Baijania, Janhifula, Jaiful and even Danda are inducted which are derived from the original Dalkhayee.  Traditional handloom sarees and silver ornaments are used as costumes in these dances.  Most of the dances are performed by unmarried girls.

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The group usually performs with a minimum of 15 artists in total including the performing dancers.  One chunk of dance is usually of 15-20 minutes.  Number of dances depends on the duration and demand of programs. Under the able direction of guru Sri Ranjit Nag who formulated this group dance 40 years back the troupe has been able to take Sambalpuri folk art form to foreign countries thrice; once in expo 70 in Japan .India Festival in U.S.S.R. in the year 1987 and again in Indonesia in the year 1992-93 for Bali Yatra. Mohotsava.   They also had the proud privilege of presenting Sambalpur folk Dance in the inauguration of EZCC in the year 1986 at Shantiniketan.

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The troupe performed in the direct telecast programme during the inauguration of Doordarshan, Sambalpur and Doordarshan Bhubaneswar. They have also recorded the dance more often in Doordarshan Delhi which has been telecasted in National Programme so many times.

They have represented the State of Orissa in Trade Fair at Delhi, in Dweep Mahostav at Andaman Nicobar Island twice, in the inauguration of beach festival, Puri festival and again twice in later year in Apna Utsav at Delhi in the year 1986, in the seminar and All India Competition at Mount Abu where they stood first. The singer of Famous Sambalpuri Song ‘Rangabati’ Kumari Krishna Patel is one of the students of Kala Parishad.

This group has been relentlessly working to save and promote the untainted form of  Sambalpuri Folk dance and Music and their efforts are indeed praise worthy.