The Oxford University London Odissi Centre is organising the Oxford Odissi Dance Festival, in collaboration with the Oxford India Society and the Indian high commission in London on May 27.
Odissi dance classes for members of the university, conducts Odissi workshops at other world-renowned institutions in United Kingdom, including the University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, King’s College London, University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh.
A number of British artistes, parliamentarians and diplomats are also expected to attend the festival. A photographic exhibition on the history of Odissi dance will also be on display at the auditorium foyer.
The festival to be held at the Magdalen Grove auditorium of the varsity will include performances by renowned Odissi exponent Ileana Citaristi, along with that of Baisali.
“A number of solo and group performances will also be staged at the festival. Dancers from 11 countries studying at the varsity will stage various Odissi recitals,” said Baisali, who is also the external relations director of the Oxford India Society.
The festival will also include jugalbandi of Odissi dance with Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Mohiniyattam.