Bhubaneswar: Hundreds of enthusiastic early risers thronged the Patha Utsav, the temple city’s popular cultural street extravaganza, on the streets of Janpath on Sunday. This edition of Patha Utsav was themed on road safety awareness.
The entire stretch of Janpath between Master Centreen and Ram Mandir Square turned into a mini awareness creating hub as all participating institutions remained focus on making the visitors aware on the road safety issues.
As a symbolic gesture and following the mythological route God of death Yamraj, his guards and his registrar of death Chitragupta, all in heavenly attire by professional artists were engaged by the Transport Department to carry out the dissemination of the awareness in style and in effective way. Just like the mount of Yamraj is a bison, a bike
was made dressed up as a bison and Yamraj gave poses with kids who were holding slogans propagating road safety awareness.
While veteran actor Kuna Tripathy called for exemplary punishments for the violators of the road safety rules, he made an emotional appeal to the young crowd and advised that when parents or the kin need the support of a young person, he/she should not meet the end and be a burden on the elders.
Special attraction at today’s Patha Utsav was a storytelling session by the famous Australian author of books for children and young adults at the Bakul Library on Janpath. This was followed by an interaction with her. The Australian author-cum storyteller attracted a huge crowd of young boys and girls as they listened to her stories with apt attention and participation. Sujit Mohapatra from Bakul Foundation coordinated the session.