Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15:
The invitation from the PMO, to perform in a Ministry of External Affairs pre-dinner event before two powerful world leaders ,was a dream come true for the Japanese Odissi dancer, Masako Ono.
It was an overwhelming experience and a proud moment for Masako, when she gave the opening performance of the exquisite Kirwani Pallavi in the land of the ten thousand shrines –Varanasi. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and other dignitaries were mesmerized with the four-minute power-packed performance.
It was momentous, when Abe recognized her as the dancer who had performed in Tokyo in 2006, during his first tenure as Prime Minister. In a stellar moment, Abe also posed with her in the Alapadma mudra (symbol of peace).
Masako was further encouraged when NaMo promised to support her dream project– the Odisha Biennale. Odisha Biennale is a bi-yearly, week-long program of artist talks, performances, workshops, film screenings and guided tours. It brings international artists from around the globe to Bhubaneswar where they soak in the Odia culture and tradition and in turn, showcase their talent.
Twenty years in India with 13 spent in Bhubaneswar, Masako is head over heels in love with Odisha, its rich cultural heritage and has got many dreams that she wants to turn into reality.