Bhubaneswar: The lawns of India gate in New Delhi turned into a mini-Odisha as “Odisha Parba 2019” – a three day-long mega celebration of Odisha’s culture, tradition, heritage, ethnic cuisine and handlooms & handicrafts kicked off in the heart of the National Capital on Friday.
The event is being organised by Odia Samaj, New Delhi.
The entrance gate to the event depicts sunrise, symbolising development of eastern part of the country. A grand stage has also been set up with backdrop of a lotus that symbolises the vision of flourishing Odisha.
The handicraft and handloom section is also a major draw at the festival where award-winning artisans and weavers from the State are showcasing and selling traditional handloom sarees, dress materials, artefacts and jewellery at a very competitive price.
During the three-day festival, denizens of Delhi and NCR will get a glimpse of the unique culture, heritage, tradition of the state and will get an opportunity to relish the state’s delicacy.
Cultural programmes are also showcased in the event every evening.
On the inaugural evening, Gananayak Panchakam by Debadhara Group, Mahuria dada, a colourful dance by Bhumia tribes, traditional Mukha dance, an Odissi dance titled ‘Moksha’ and a fusion of Odissi and Bharatnatyam titled ‘Tandanu’ by Guru Madhumita Raut and troupe left the audience spellbound.
Smruti Pasara, a live music show dedicated to late Akshaya Mohanty by his son Chitrabhanu Mohanty took the people down the memory lane. Apart from this, an animal mask dance also entertained the audience.
The event is open for public till March 17, 2019.