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Odissi research centre offers advance courses

"The State-owned Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre (GKCMORC) has announced its three-year intensive advanced course in Odissi dance, Odissi music, and Odissi mardal." [read more]

'Tala-Vadya Utsav' to begin today - The Hindu

"Briefing the media about the event, Akademi awardee mardal exponent and Mardal Academy's founder-president Guru Banamali Moharana maintained that while the Academy seeks to highlight the strength and beauty of Orissa's indigenous percussion instrument of mardal, the festival brings together a variety of percussion instruments on a single platform that had made it unique. 'We also honour a veteran percussionist every year with Tala-Vadya Samman and tabla exponent Pandit Umesh Chandra Kar shall be conferred the honour this year,' he added." [read more]

'Tal-Vadya utsav hosted by Mardal Academy inaugurated' - The Hindu

"Indian music has immensely enriched the world of arts and India is proud of its galaxy of great musicians and variety of music traditions. Governor M.C.Bhandare stated this while inaugurating the 10th annual Tala-Vadya Utsav hosted by Mardal Academy at Rabindra Mandap here. Orissa Tourism, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata and Punjab National Bank supported the event." [read more]

Harmonious symphony of rhythm - Express Buzz

"A name synonymous with mardal – Orissa's indigenous percussion instrument that has gained global recognition as the accompanying musical instrument with Odissi dance – Guru Banamali Moharana is not only a living legend but an institution in himself. The first mardal exponent to be conferred with the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, he has been instrumental in establishing an identity for the instrument apart from grooming the largest number of disciples, many of whom have been established and exponents now." [read more]