Report by OD bureau; Melbourne: On 30th June 2012 Odias in Australia ,Vic odia group showcased "Gunjan: The Rythym of Konark"in Chandler Theatre Melbourne . It was the first of such multi-cultural programme in Victoria focussing on rich Odia heritage in the form of dance, music with an intention of sharing and building cross cultural environment and good will to Australia.
The program started with the inaugural function that witnessed the august presence of Hon Mayor, Greater Dandenong, Mr Youhorn Chea, Mr Rakesh Kawra-Consul, CGI Melbourne, Mr Arun Sharma, Chairman Celebrate India Inc., Mr Vasan Srinivasan-President FIAV .
At the outset the two short documentaries echoed the sounds & sights of Konark left the audience all spellbound in Odisha's unspeakable beauty.
The program was focussed on symbols of Odisha , Bande Utkal Janani, the Odissi dance, Sambalpuri dance and Ollywood dance . Bollywood dances by our little children and girls and talented singers voice mesmerised the audience. Each performance was highly appreciated by our culturally active OZ crowd and many got amazed that it was the first of such entertaining program from this community.
Overall Gunjan was the first ever a program of its kind not only entertained a multicultural audience but did showcase the known & unknown richness of Odisha, the land of exquisite temples, elegant dance forms & colourful handicrafts. The program did leave very good memories amongst all other communities who highly appreciated the unity and the effort by the tighly knitted Odia community. The organisers believe this is a small step for a greater cause and would allows our children, the new generation to get glimpse of their origin directly or indirectly and we feel connected as a family.
The event was organised by Odias living in Australia with active support of ORIOZ inc, the registered organisation for all Odias residing in Australia, an organisation has actively participated in various cross cultural event organised by the wider Indian Diaspora in Australia. Further information on Orioz could be available in www.orioz.org.au.
Written by Dr Pati.