Bhubaneswar: Living away from home, 5000 Odias celebrated the State’s unique ‘Raja’ festival in Pune’s famous Balewadi Stadium which was hosted by Pravasi Odia organization KALINGA SWARAJ.
The celebration started with ‘Bande Utkala Janani’. With over 70 items, the Odias had a gala time and rejoiced in the festivities. ‘Pravasi Odia Prativa Samman’ was also awarded to top Odias excelling outside the State.
The guests also discused about how to make Odisha green after the losses of Cyclone Fani with Chief Guest ex-MLA celebrity Akash Das Nayak and how they can support it.
A rich cultural program with Odia songs by Aseema Panda and Abhijit Majumdar and comedy piece by Braja Singh was also organised. Celebrities Prakruti Mishra and Soham Singh were also present to celebrate the festival.
Truly, no matter how far away one goes from home, the essence and spirit of motherland stays intact.