Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurates Odisha Parba 2017 at India Gate Lawns, New Delhi

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, New Delhi: Odisha Parba 2017, a three day mega celebration of Odisha’s Culture, Tradition, Heritage & Cuisine was inaugurated by Honb’le Union Minister for Finance, Defence & Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India Shri Arun Jaitley at India Gate Lawns, in the capital city of India in New Delhi today. Shri Dipak Misra, Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (I/C), Govt. of India attended this mega event as the Guests of Honour. The three day event being organized by Odia Samaj from 29th April to 1st May will bring alive the spectrum of Odisha’s history, art, culture, traditions, dance forms, culinary delights etc. in a splendid style – the Indomitable Odias.

The replicas of the three colourful chariots of Jagannath Dham at the entrance gate of are welcoming the visitors to the abode of Odia culture. An exclusive stall has been set up for counter selling of the Bhog from Jagannath Temple, Puri. An exhibition titled – ‘Atma Shakti’, the power within propelling the indomitable spirit of Odias, is guiding the visitors through the enchanting history of this ancient civilization. A symbolic replica of the Mountain Caves of Udayagiri has been erected at the site to provide the backdrop for a spectacular multi projector – projection mapping film– a brief light and sound presentation on Odisha and its spell-binding charm. The back drop also provides massive 60 feet stage for the varied cultural programmes and folk dances of the state. ‘Hasta Shilpa Haat’ – the handicraft and handloom section in the festival is selling wide varieties of Odisha’s artifacts, sculptures and famous textiles. The high point of this haat is live demonstration of various art forms like pattachitra paintings, stone crafts, appliqué work, stone work, sambalpuri saree weaving etc. by master craftsmen and weavers. A well-decorated Bhagbat Tungi has also been set up for display. Odisha Parba is having an eatery enclave that serves authentic Odia cuisine consisting of mouth watering snacks, world famous Odia sweets and veg and non-veg thali including a variety of sea food.

On the inaugural day, the evening was started with enthralling folk dances of Odisha like Gotipua, Jhumar, Ranapa, Paika and Chhau. Bhajan and Chorus (Bande Utkal Janani) led by Shri Saroj Mohanty was another attraction of the evening. After that, “Jagannath Gopinath” (Odishi Dance) presented by Guru Shri Durga Charan Ranbir and Patitapaban Kala Niketan, New Delhi mesmerized the audience. “Bhava Sangam” (Odishi Dance) composed by Padma Shri Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Sambalpuri Folk dance by Sambalpur Tribal and Folk Art centre with Dr Krishna Patel from Sambalpur, Odisha and melodious musical performance by Ms Nazia Alam spell-bounded the gathering on the inaugural evening.

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