Bhubaneswar: While people of Odisha and the state government are whole heartedly celebrating the 200 years of legendary Paika Revolts, the street fest of capital city today too joined in the row. The stages of Patha Utsav today trembled with the brave dance of the Paika Akhada. The rhythm of the dance recalled the gallantry marches of Paikas against the Britishers. More interestingly an women group performed a very powerful dance with swords in their hands recalling the bold lady militia who never gave up their weapon till the surrender of the foreign enemies. Three Paika dance groups including one women group performed on behalf of the Culture Department of Odisha. Minister of Tourism and Culture was among the key participants to watch these nationalistic shows.
Janpath seen as a replica of the battlefield of Paika rebellion as hundreds of participants were decorated themselves as typical Paikas with swords and weapons in their hand. Few participants performed street play on the theme.
Today’s music session started with the famous song on Paika Heroes sang by legendary Akhaya Mohanty. Famous ollywood singer Bibhu Kishore was one of the key attractions of the event today. Other organisations has also organised drawing, painting and street plays. As the World Nature conservation Day which falls on 28th July.
Today since morning the Janpath was wet with light rains which led people walking along the stretches holding umbrellas. In tune with this few rainy songs added more romantic flavour to the audience at the 2nd stage.
It may be noted that Odisha is celebrating the 200 years of the historic Paika Revolt for which the Culture and Tourism Department in collaboration with BMC had organised today’s Path Utsav. The state government has demanded to declared the Paika Revolt as first war of Independence.
Patha Utsav Takes a Break for Rainy Season:
Meanwhile the Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda and BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena jointed announced that Patha Utsav will take a break as rainy season creating an obstacle in organising the event properly. The next session of Path Utsav will start soon after the Durga Puja festival. The street fest started with the name of Raahgiri on 17th January 2016 which was observed for continuous 27 weeks. The Patha Utsav which is only a change of name tag of the street fest has successfully completed its 35th week. While announcing the short break of the event the BMC Mayor thanked all participants, official partners like BDA, Commisionarate Police, Tourism Department and especially Media organisations for making this a widespread programme.