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The Shree Jagannatha Society United Kingdom (SJS-UK) organised a unique fund-raising cultural programme – Samarpan – showcasing Odissi and Kathak classical dance forms along with their fusion to celebrate devotion in the form of dance, according to a statement by SJS-UK.
Artistic performance of classical dance was organized recently at RADA Studios in Central London, said the statement, adding that the funds raised from the event will pave the way for the construction of the UK’s first dedicated grand Jagannath temple.
The proposed Jagannath temple in London will become the epicentre of the Jagannath cult in Europe and is destined to become a prominent place of pilgrimage, attracting thousands of devotees and tourists from across the world.
Currently, SJS-UK is working towards raising £1.8 million to acquire five acres of land that has been identified in Greater London for the temple.
The event showcased the flair and talents of two accomplished International dancers, both of whom have trained for years under doyens of the Odissi and Kathak dance forms.
The august audience was treated to spectacular dance recitals – Odissi performed by Premananda Sahoo, a disciple of Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal, and Kathak by Shyam Dattani, disciple of Urja Desai Thakore.