Bhubaneswar: The annual state level children’s festival ‘RAINBOW’ 2015, was inaugurated here today by Smt Usha Devi, Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development Department, Govt. of Odisha. The 2-day (14th and 15th of February 2015) festival organised by the Odisha State Child Protection Society (OSCPS) aims to promote creativity, healthy competition, self-expression through art and drawings and exposure to new skills among hundreds of children from Child Care institutions and Special Schools across the state. This event is a culmination of district level competitions held in all the districts between December’14 and January’15.

In the inaugural session, dignitaries including Smt Kasturi Mahapatra, Commissioner, Persons with Disabilities, Sri Saswata Mishra, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, W & CD Department, and Ms. Aswathy S., IAS, Director Social Welfare and Director OSCPS addressed the child participants.

The 2 day festival will see almost 600 children from all districts competing with each other, and participating in workshops such as terracotta and pottery making, soft toy making, paper craft and contemporary dance. They will also interact with well-known celebrities such as Mr Kuna Tripathy, Mr Ratikant Satapathy, Harihar Deo and child artist, Swaraj Barik.

Participation of children from special schools alongside other children is one of the unique features of the event.