75th Patha Utsav Pays Tribute To Freedom Fighters of Odisha

**Bhubaneswar:** With the central theme ‘Freedom Fighters of Odisha’, innovative sand dust portraits of Veer Surendra Sai, Pandit Gopabandhu Dash and Jai Rajguru were the main attraction of the 75th Patha Utsav today.

The three portraits by artists of DPR Art Live, with glue impressions on white boards and sand dusts sprinkled over them, were a tribute to the great fighters on the main street of the Capital.

Debi Prasad Rout from DPR Art Life said “The new method of creating a huge portrait with sand dust created a huge interest in the minds of the general public and we hope that the youngsters will definitely try out such on their own. We also had a story-telling session on some freedom fighters of Odisha.”

Itishree Dixit and her troupe tried to portray some of the great fighters of Freedom Movement in Odisha and divided the State into four, i.e. East, West, North and South. In a Rangoli they had also drawn a map of Odisha to relate the freedom fighters to their birth places.

The rangoli art represented Laxman Nayak (Koraput), Rindo Majhi (Kalahandi), Veer Surendra Sai (Sambalpur), Dharanidhar Bhuyan (Keonjhar), Baji Rout (Dhenkanal), Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar (Khordha), Jai Rajaguru and Chakhi Khuntia (Puri) and Chakara Bisoi (Ganjam).

While the artists at Artecion also created beautiful images of freedom struggle through water colours, the Women In Society Help (WISH) also organised a painting competition on the freedom struggle theme. Volunteers of Jai Odisha organised quiz on freedom struggles.

The other usual activities like Yoga, Ayurveda consultation by the AYUSH directorate of the Family Welfare Department and routine health check up by city-based Sparsh Hospital and other local Ayurveda institutions, health-care tips by gyms and professional organisations were also done.

A major draw was also from an artist from Bargarh in the attire of Kansha. In fact, the artist BK Debata and his troupe will participate in a stage show on the occasion of ‘Pushpuni Bhet’, which would be staged on January 27 by Paschim Kiran Kutum, an organisation to promote the glorious traditions of our culture and heritage. A ‘Dhanu Yatra’ on the lines of Bargarh would be staged on this occasion at Utkal Mandap.

Braving early morning dense fog in the Temple City, more than 40,000 participants had come to celebrate life, laughter, dance, music, lifestyle, art and theatre at the 75th Patha Utsav.

Member Enforcement BDA and Nodal Officer for Patha Utsav Bhabani Shankar Chayani thanked the participants to make it a success despite dense fog. He also congratulated the six-month-old child Ridhi, who participated in the festival today.

“Patha Utsav has proven its inclusiveness on all occasions with every possible participants stepping in on Janpath from various categories and celebrating in the event,” he added.