**BHUBANESWAR:** The Bhubaneswar Patha Utsav was smeared with colours of several different cultures as artists from Japan and Maharastra performed their folk songs and dance here.
At least fifteen Japanese artists staged Japan’s traditional dance and music forms for nearly one and a half hours. Along with that, the artists also performed on popular Bollywood songs.
Apart from the proposed Japanese show, the tourism department has also roped in 30 artists from Nashik to perform on this event. They performed to the Nashik dhol, an integral part of the city’s Ganesh puja celebrations.
The state tourism department roped in a cultural troupe from Japan for a unique performance under Indo-Japan Cultural Exchange Programme. The India Japan Friendship Centre coordinated the event.
“This Path Utsav is being organised a day before the colourful festival of Holi. So we have tried to make this event a bit more colourful. This programme will provide an ideal platform through which the culture of a state like Maharastra and a culturally rich country like Japan can be learnt,” said state Tourism Director Nitin Bhanudas Jawale.
The troupe is also scheduled to perform at Puri on March 13.