Odissi dance originated in Orissa in the 2nd century B.C and has an unbroken tradition since those ancient times.  Peformed as a part of the ritual of daily worship in the temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri, Odissi dance is both a sacred ritual and a secular entertainment.  Geeta Mahalik is a proud inheritor of this centuries-old tradition  of Odissi dance and one of its most outstanding exponents in India today. Trained in the grammar of dance from an early age by two eminent gurus of Odissi – late  Deba Prasad Dash and Shri Mayadhar Raut - she has imbibed the best of the great Odissi tradition. Decades of devoted training under eminent gurus and her own creative choreographic compositions have resulted in a perfect blending of the best that Odissi offers. She has been described as "sheer poetry in motion" and "sculpturesque", spanning the entire range of Odissi aesthetics from fluidity to stillness. She has performed on stage and television all over the country and abroad. She was invited by the President of India to perform at Rashtrapati Bhavan and was honoured by the President in recognition of her artistic eminence. She has performed more than once in the major dance festivals like Khajuraho, Ellora, Elephanta, Konarka, Ganga Mahotsav at Varanasi, Badri Kedar Utsav at Haridwar, Sharad Utsav at Vrindavan, Taj Festival, Lucknow Mahotsav, Mandu Festival, Kalidas Samaroh at Ujjain, Uday Shankar Dance Festival at Kolkata, Nishagandhi Festival at Thiruvananthapuram and Mahabalipuram Festival. Crossing the shores of India, she has  performed in USA, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh and many countries of East and West Africa. In Greece, she had the honour of dancing at the ancient amphitheatre at Delphi on the occasion of Indo-Greek Cultural Symposium.
Bhute Khan Manganyar-
The Manganiar and related Langa are Muslim communities in the desert of RajasthanIndia in the districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, along the border with Pakistan. Significant numbers are also found in the districts of Tharparkar and Sanghar in the province of Sindh in Pakistan. They are famous for their classical folk music. They are the groups of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by wealthy landlords and aristocrats for generations.
The Manganiars consider themselves descendants of the Rajputs and are renowned as highly skilled folk musicians of the Thar desert. Their songs are passed on from generation to generation as a form of oral history of the desert. They sing songs about Alexander the Great, about the local Maharajas and past battles in the region. Manganiars have survived for centuries on the patronage of wealthy merchants in caravan towns, particularly Jaisalmer where there is an important settled community today. The traditional jajman (patrons) of the Manganiar are the locally dominantRajput community, while the Langha have a similar relationship with the Sindhi-Sipahi, a community of Muslim Rajputs. At times of birth, marriage or any family festivity for their Rajput patrons, the Manganiar musicians are in attendance to evoke the right mood with songs of the desert and many specially composed songs to praise the patron and his family.
Though Manganiar and Langhas communities are Muslim, many Manganiar songs are in praise of Hindu deities and celebrate Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi. The Manganiar performers traditionally invoke the Hindu God Krishna and seek his blessing before beginning their recital.

The 17-string khamaycha is a bowed instrument. Made of mango wood, its rounded resonator is covered with goat skin. Three of its strings are goat intestine while the other 14 strings are steel.
The khartaal is a kind of castanet made of teak. Its name is derived from "Khar", meaning hand, and "Taal", meaning rhythm.
The dholak is a classical North Indian, Pakistani and Nepalese hand drum similar in timbre to a bongo. A dholak may have traditional lacing or turnbuckle tuning. The dholak has a simple membrane and a handle on the right hand side. The left hand membrane has a special coating on the inner surface. This coating is a mixture of tar, clay and sand (dholak masala) which lowers the pitch.

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