BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (OSNA) has chosen the medium of theatre, dance and music to inform the tales of Odias who laid the muse of contemporary Odisha.

Within the first part, the Akademi will likely be staging 5 performs from April 25 to 29 in Bhubaneswar on 5 eminent personalities — Utkal Gourab Madhusudhan Das, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja, Gana Kabi Baishnaba Pani, Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi and legendary freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.


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“Referred to as the ‘Legends of Odisha’, the biopics will likely be directed and written by eminent theatre administrators and writers of the state. We deliberate theatre first as it’s a good medium to introduce tradition to folks,” stated Prabodh Rath, secretary of the Akademi. Work on the performs began six months in the past, when the theatre personalities did intensive analysis and chosen actors (greater than 25 artists in every play) to place in place the productions.

Director Kailash Panigrahi will put into motion “Nisidha Neelchal” — the biopic of Das written by veteran playwright Rajat Kar. The play will function Sangram Keshari Pati as Das and Sudesh Chandra Nayak as Karmaveer Gourishankar Ray, the president of Utkal Sammilani. The duo was among the many few individuals accountable for the formation of a separate state on April 1, 1936.

“Madhubabu got here to Odisha because the lawyer of Lord Jagannath when the British administration wished to take over the Jagannath Temple administration,” stated Panigrahi. “Madhubabu’s arguments stopped the sinister designs of the British. Being a Christian, Madhubabu might by no means enter the temple. So the identify Nisidha (bar) Neelachal (Jagannath),” he additional stated.

Director-actor Satya Behera will likely be taking part in the position of Veer Surendra Sai Sai within the biopic of the liberty fighter that may showcase his life from his beginning in 1809 to dying in 1884, out of which 37 years have been spent in jail. “It would embody begin of his revolutionary life in 1827, arrest in Sambalpur in 1840 and sending to Hazaribagh jail, launch from jail in the course of the sepoy mutiny and capturing of Sambalpur palace in 1857, laying down arms in 1864 to cease British atrocities on his folks. The character has many shades. It’s each strenuous and satisfying to play it,” stated Behera, who can have two assistant administrators to assist him.

The biopic of Pani is being directed by eminent director-writer-actor Dhira Mallick. He needed to undergo the life story and performs of the poet, whose compositions touched each Odia coronary heart although he was educated solely until class IV. Pani, a Brahmin by beginning, put aside the caste system to dwell with the love of his life, Harapriya Dhobani, a washerwoman. Pani stated that artists don’t have caste, in accordance with Mallick.

Theatre veteran Ananta Mahapatra will likely be engaged on Upendra Bhanja’s biopic and director Manoj Patnaik on Bhima Bhoi’s play.

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