Bhubaneswar: Good news for learners and lovers of performing arts! Jindal Centre for Performing Arts will soon open a centre in Angul to train classical and performing arts to younger generation.
This was revealed by Shallu Jindal, wife of industrialist Naveen Jindal in an interview to OTV. Shallu is in Bhubaneswar to receive Devdasi National Award-2013 for her prolific contribution to Kuchipudi dance.
“We are planning to encourage and inspire the younger generation to take up the traditional dance form as a career option. Our centre- ‘Kaladham’ in Angul will certainly help to create budding talents in the days to come,” said she adding that the proposal in early stage.
 “We hope the Jindal Centre for Performing Arts, which will be set up in New Delhi next year will be able to work more dedicatedly to take forward our ambition to nourish individual talents in both metro cities and small towns,” stated Shallu.
Devdasi National Award-2013 will be handed over to nine classical dancers presenting eight Indian classical dance traditions and one temple dance tradition. The award will be given during the three-day 8th Devdasi National Dance Festival beginning in the city from Thursday.
The dancers selected for the award are Sujata Mohapatra for Odissi, Rama Vaidyanathan for Bharatnatyam, Shallu Jindal for Kuchipudi, Jayaprabha Menon for Mohini Attam, Anita Sharma for Sattriya, Vidha Lal for Kathak, Kottakal Devdas for Kathakali and Sohini Ray from USA for Manipuri.
“I felt very happy when I came to know about the Award. I felt very honoured and privileged as I have dedicated my whole life for Kuchipudi. Besides, receiving an award for this is great for me,” said a jubilant Shallu.