29 April 2017
Bhubaneswar: For lovers of Odia culture in National Capital Region (NCR), the rich culture and heritage of the castal state will be witnessed at the lawns of India Gate from today (29 April) to May 1.
This three day long festival will showcase Odisha’s history, art, culture, traditions, dance forms, culinary delights etc in a splendid style – the Indomitable Odias. A replica of the three colourful chariots of Jagannath Dham will welcome visitors to the event. Moreover, there will be a display of Sand Art by internationally acclaimed Sand artist Padmashree Sudarshan Pattnaik.
The enchanting history of this ancient civilisation depicting the glorious maritime past during which Odias had flourishing overseas contact with the Roman Empire, Ceylon, China, Burma and the islands of Indonesia, will be displayed through an exhibition titled Atma Shakti.
With the participation of 350 Odia artists, there will be cultural performances, recitals, folk dances such as Jhumar, Ghumura and Mayurbhanj Chhau.
Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty and her troupe will perform an Odissi choreography. “Our production is titled Bhava Sangama, which is based on the theme of Ramayana and is a confluence of India and Indonesia. There are 22 dancers, including two dancers from Bali, who will perform this recital,” according to Mohanty.
Prince dance group will dance on the theme of Konark temple. Singer Susmita Das would present a composition of Odia literature, poems and folk songs.
The handicraft and handloom section in the festival will be the treasure trove of famed Odishan artifacts, sculptor and famous textiles. The high point of this haat will be live demonstration of various art forms like pattachitra paintings, shell crafts, stone crafts, famed appliqué work, stone work, sambalpuri sari weaving etc by master craftsmen and weavers.
To treat your tastebuds to Odisha’s culinary delights, the Odisha Parba will have an eatery enclave which will be serving authentic Odia cuisine consisting of mouth watering snacks, world famous Odia sweets and veg and non-veg thali including a variety of sea food. There will be specialities from Cuttack — Raghu Dahibara, Dilbahar Lassi, Atmaram Sweets, Kendrapada Rasabali, Baramaza and more.
“I have taken water from Cuttack for the preparation of the Dahi Bara to give the authentic taste of Cuttack,” informed Raghu of the Dahibara Aludam fame.
“There are about 20 lakh Odia people living in Delhi-NCR, and many others who’d be interested in the state’s traditions and culture. This fest is for all. We wanted to represent all parts of Odisha in Delhi. We’ve been planning this festival, at such a scale, for two months now,” says Sandip Mahapatra, organiser of the event.
The timings of the event will be 5 pm to 10 pm at the August Kranti Udyan, India Gate Lawns. The nearest Metro Station is the Central Secretariat on Yellow Line.