Odisha: Hockey & Skating Steal the Show In The Colorful Patha Utsav

**Bhubaneswar:** The hugely popular cultural street extravaganza “Patha Utsav” witnessed a packed Janpath street on the second day of its current edition. People reveled in the initiative undertaken by Bhubaneswar Development Association (BDA), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Odisha Tourism to promote non-motorised transport and healthy living.

With the theme of hockey, the students from Sports Hostel of Kalinga Stadium displayed their skills of hockey on Janpath and the crowd cheered the young players. While local junior hockey team members utilized the stretch for their routine practice and warm up sessions, others utilized this road for playing football, badminton and roller-skating. On the other hand, people celebrated and danced to the tunes of some Indian Idol singers and witnessed a jaw-dropping performance by Prince dance group.

“This is a great platform for local artists and the youth can use it to showcase their skills and come to the limelight. Once the road beautification is over, we are planning to make Patha Utsav a regular event,” said mayor Anant Narayan Jena.

State Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Panda said, “Last Sunday, on the first day of Patha Utsav, not many people were aware about it. However, this time the excitement can be felt and the people’s energy is palpable. I guess, India’s victory against Canada on Saturday has pumped up everyone.”

An India-Pakistan Aman Dosti stall was also put up today at Patha Utsav on the eve of Men’s Hockey World Cup. Several dignitaries visited the space and hoped for peace between India and Pakistan through sports.

More than 20,000 enthusiastic early risers hit the streets of Janpath to partake in Patha Utsav which was held from 06:00 am to 10:00 am. Patha Utsav is the city’s initiative to connect its citizens and neighbourhoods and the response to its re-launch was incredible. It is scheduled to take place on December 9 and 16.

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