Bhubaneswar: The annual Khandagiri Mela began at the foothills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri in Bhubaneswar on the occasion of ‘Magha Saptami’ on Tuesday.
The mela, a mix of contemporary and ancient, is a congregation of sadhus and visitors from the city and far flung areas. Saints, monks and followers of different sects of Hindu religion and traders and craftsmen from various parts of the country have assembled at the Mela.
The inaugural evening of the mela featured Odissi performance by the artistes of Gunjan Dance Academy from Cuttack, a Hip Hop dance performance by a team from Rourkela and a musical performance by noted Ollywood singers Dipti Rekha and Omkumar.
More than 300 stalls offering crafts, jewellery, food items and other articles have opened around the Khandagiri hills.
Besides, an art gallery has also been set by the Lalit Kala Academy, Bhubaneswar.
Several troupes would also showcase ‘Jatra’ during the mela.
Keeping in mind the huge footfalls during the mela, the Commissionerate Police has deployed four platoons of police force to maintain law and order. Besides, CCTV cameras also have been installed.
The event organized by the State Culture and Tourism department, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) will conclude on February 21.