Cultural activists feel it is high time for the State government to establish cultural centres in different parts of Ganjam district to save traditional folk dance forms that are on the verge of extinction.
Several folk dance forms of Ganjam district have already died out. According to secretary of Odisha Folk Foundation (OFF) Bighneswar Sahu, Ganjam can be termed a major cradle of folk dance forms in Odisha. According to him historical evidences hint that about a century ago there were around 70 folk dance forms prevalent in Ganjam district. Due to various reasons more than half of them have become extinct. The OFF is of the opinion that at present 32 folk dance forms are existing in Ganjam district. But out of them several are almost at the door steps of extinction.
A folk dance guru Niranjan Sahu, who leads the Maa Samaleswari Lok Nrutya Kala Kendra, said it is an irony that the folk dance forms that are identity of Odisha outside the State are not getting proper promotion. Last month 160 ‘Jodi Sankha' folk dance performers from Ganjam district participated in Republic Day parade in New Delhi.