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Puri Beach Festival kicked off
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Puri Beach Festival kicked off

Puri: The 14th Puri Beach Festival kicked off with spectacular display of fire works and chanting of Vedic hymns on Wednesday. Former Assembly Speaker Maheswar Mohanty inaugurated the festival.

President of the Hotel Association of Puri and advisor Bijay Das welcomed the audience, while secretary general Rajkishore Patra read out the annual report. JK Mohanty, the president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Orissa, conceptualised the motto of the festival.

The cultural performance began with the presentation of Mahari dance by a troupe led by Rupashree Mahapatra. The Odissi dance was presented by Guru Aruna Mohanty and her troupe.

The five-day cultural extravaganza capsules the Odissi, Bhojpuri, Bihu, Bhangra and other folk dances from different parts of the country, besides the local dances. An exhibition of the art and crafts of the State is also continuing.

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