Bhubaneswar: The 2nd Edition of the three-day ‘Odisha Parba’, is all set to begin at the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi from today.
Denizens from every nook and corner of the National Capital will witness the unique culture, heritage, traditions, dance, melody, culinary delights, along with illustrious history and freedom struggle of Odisha under one spectrum.
As per sources from the organizing committee, the entrance gate will be in the shape of ‘Dola Bimana’, which is a common sight in Odisha, during the festival of Holi. Intricate pattachitra designs will add colours to this decorum.
To commemorate the life of brave-hearts who fought daringly against the oppression of British forces in Odisha, this edition of Odisha Parba shall highlight individuals and incidents which marked the remarkable struggle from 1804-1947. A Grand Stage will be set up with backdrop of Barabati Fort to evoke the glorious past of Odisha. An exhibition, a coffee table book and a multi projection film shall throw light on the rebellions which spread across Odisha in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Apart from this, a sculpture gallery by internationally renowned sculptor Padma Shree Sudarshan Sahoo shall showcase the intricate stone work. The stalls will display live demonstration of making of Stone Art, Pattachitra, Paper Mache, Paddy Craft, Kotpad Sarees.
An Art Workshop by Odia artists and a painting competition for children below 18 years of age have alos been introduced to the Odisha Parba this time.
A Fashion show woven around the beautiful handlooms and textiles from various parts of Odisha shall be the highlight of the mega event.
The handicraft and handloom section in the festival, will be the treasure trove of renowned Odishan traditional arts, crafts and textiles. Award winning artisans and weavers from the state shall showcase traditional handloom Sarees, dress materials artefacts and craft products unique to this coastal state.
Dance and music shows encompassing Odissi, traditional folk dance & music, fusion as well as contemporary dance forms will be performed by eminent artists in the evening during the three-day event.
Last but not the least , the delicious food from Odisha, including the umpteen sweet delicacies, the street foods of Cuttack, Berhampur and western Odisha, the delicious non-veg items, the Odia thali and finally the Odia paan, are going to cause a sensation at India Gate Lawns this time.
The entire food court will be designed in a fort style, reflecting the ambience of “Baarah Maasi Tera Parba”, which reflects Odisha’s passion for festivals in one calendar year. Anchor of popular Odia cookery show “Puntu Nana nka Peta Jatra”, the much-loved Puntu Nana shall also be present in the Food Zone to interact with the visitors and spread cheer among them. An exclusive stall shall offer ‘Jagannath Bhog’, as a blessing of the Almighty.