Young magician stole the hearts of participants in 76th Patha Utsav

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Bhubaneswar: A day after the Republic Day the most popular street festival of the city, Patha Utsav once again was soaked in the spirit of patriotism as the theme was patriotism and national integration. The 76th Patha Utsav despite the cool foggy weather condition remained high on the patriotic fervor and celebration besides rangoli, art, performances, dance, storytelling, magic, debate all centered around the theme and also campaign like save the girl child.
The young magician Ristita today stole the hearts of one and all near the main stage as she performed a beautiful magical act in front of thousands of spectators. Tourism, Odia Language, Literature and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, MP Prasanna Patsani, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra and former Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena participated.
While Itishree Dixit and her group portrayed “Bharat Mata “ or Mother India on one side and the “Great sons of India” on the other side and in between Bharat Ratna Dr. B . R. Ambedkar, the images of Mahatma Gandhi, Subash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Abul Kalam Azad, Rani Laxmibai also got their due prominence in the “rangoli art.’’
Bakul Children’s Library participated in the Patha Utsav after a long break and today came out with a wonderful session of storytelling on freedom fighters of India. Children from all walks of life including the slum kids participated in the session.
While DPR Art Life created a nice collage of India on “One thought for India’’ which carries the emotion of every Indian, Articion also came up with good display of creative art coupled with patriotism.
Social service organization Women in Society Help (WISH) organized debate and dance competitions on patriotic theme and Help Mate organized small plays depicting all leading women of India and also the kids came out with posters of all women leaders from every spheres of life in India.
In order to make girls’ position strong, future secured and a better, PECUC observed National Girl Child Day for “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow” at Patha Utsav today. Awareness programmes like human chain and art competition was also organized to mark this occasion.
The usual events like Yoga and health check-up by AYUSH directorate, roller skating, music and dances at two main stages and fitness exercises were part of the celebration today.

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