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Festival celebrates Odisha’s cultural heritage

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Published : Mar 12, 2018, 1:12 am IST
Updated : Mar 12, 2018, 1:13 am IST

A grand stage was set up where high relief work of Barabati Fort in the backdrop evoked the glorious past of Odisha, he added.

Themed Odisha’s struggle against British Rule from 1804-1947, the second edition of the festival celebrated the the sacrifice of the martyrs’. A grand stage was set up where Barabati Fort in the backdrop evoked the past of Odisha.
 Themed Odisha’s struggle against British Rule from 1804-1947, the second edition of the festival celebrated the the sacrifice of the martyrs’. A grand stage was set up where Barabati Fort in the backdrop evoked the past of Odisha.

New Delhi: Delhiites were in for a treat this weekend, thanks to the annual Odisha Parba that celebrates the eastern Indian state’s unique culture.

The three-day festival, that began on March 9, saw the lawns of India Gate coming alive with Odisha’s rich cultural heritage — from its regional dance and music to gastronomical delights, as well as the illustrious history and freedom struggle.

Themed, “Odisha’s struggle against British Rule from 1804-1947”, the second edition of the Odisha festival sought to commemorate the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence.

“The rebellion led by Jayee Rajguru and Buxi Jagabandhu, was showcased with an exclusive exhibition,” Sidhartha Pradhan, president of the Odia Samaj, said.  

A grand stage was set up where high relief work of Barabati Fort in the backdrop evoked the glorious past of Odisha, he added.

A food court modeled after a fort, recreated the enthusiasm of the local ‘Baarah Maase, Terah Parba’ (13 festivals in 12 months) idea.

The concept is symbolic of Odisha’s passion for celebrations in a single year.

The handicraft and handloom section was a treasure trove of renowned Odia textile traditions.

Fashion designer Sunil Sethi curated a fashion show to showcase the traditional Odia weaves — Sambalpuri, Bomkai and Kataki.

A sculpture gallery by the internationally renowned sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo, along with traditional art forms such as intricate applique and ‘Pattachitra’ also found place in the gala celebrations.

For food lovers, the festival had plethora of options on offer — Odia delicacies like the traditional sweet peetha, and quintessential Odia delights such asd badi, papad, achaar, ghuguni, dahibara, chaat, as well as beautiful Odia thali and paan.

The event was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra. An art workshop by Odia artists and a painting competition for children below 18 years of age were also part of the line-up.

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