Bhubaneswar: Denizens from every nook and corner of the National Capital were in for a treat this weekend, as the second editon of the three-day annual ‘Odisha Parba’ concluded on Sunday.
The festival, that began on March 9 at the lawns of India Gate brought the unique culture, heritage, traditions, dance, melody, culinary delights, along with illustrious history and freedom struggle of Odisha under one spectrum.
To commemorate the life of brave-hearts who fought daringly against the oppression of British forces in Odisha, this edition of Odisha Parba highlighted individuals and incidents which marked the remarkable struggle from 1804-1947. The rebellion led by Jayee Rajguru and Buxi Jagabandhu, was showcased with an exclusive exhibition. A grand stage was set up where high relief work of Barabati Fort in the backdrop evoked the glorious past of Odisha.
The entire food court was designed in a fort style, reflecting the ambience of “Baarah Maasi Tera Parba”, which reflects Odisha’s passion for festivals in one calendar year. Food lovers, had a plethora of options to choose from like the rasagola, pittha-mitha, saccharine khaja, quintessential Odia delights such as badi, papad, achaar, ghuguni, dahibara, chaat, beautiful Odia thali and paan as well as non-vegetarian items like prawns and mutton.
The handicraft and handloom section was a treasure trove of renowned Odia textile traditions. The stalls selling Sambalpuri, Berhampur and Kotpad sarees drew huge footfall. People were also interested in the Chandua applique work, sea shell or Shankha jewellery, patachitra artwork, filigree jewellery and showpieces made from rice paddy.
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 celebrations.
An art workshop by Odia artists and a painting competition on the theme “Spirit of Odisha” for children below 18 years of age were also introduced to the Odisha Parba this time.
Top names from the Odia entertainment industry enthralled the audience. Pancha Paika dance, Chota Mora Gaanti – a dance performance by Guru Chandrakanta Sutar and disciples, stand-up comedy by Kuna Tripathy, Ghumura and Naga Nacha by Adi Sanskriti, contemporary and Sambalpuri songs by Abhijit Majumdar, Preetinanda and others added to the festival’s entertainment quotient.
Visitors to the event on Saturday also got a chance to witness a fashion show conceptualised by Sunil Sethi, Fashion Design Council of India president. It showcased the beautiful handlooms of Odisha in an innovative and contemporary style.