New Delhi, March 12: ‘Odisha Parba’ celebrated the east India’s unique culture: the 3-day festival that rejoiced Odisha’s rich cultural heritage on the lanes of India Gate. Regional dance, music, history etc were the top notches of ‘Odisha Parba’. The event was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra.
Themed as, “Odisha’s struggle against British Rule from 1804-1947”, the 2nd edition of the Odisha festival sought to commemorate the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence.
“The rebellion led by Jayee Rajguru and Buxi Jagabandhu, was showcased with an exclusive exhibition,” Sidhartha Pradhan, President of the Odia Samaj, said.
A grand stage was set up where high relief work of Barabati Fort in the backdrop evoked the glorious past of Odisha, he added.
A food court modelled after a fort, recreated the enthusiasm of the local ‘Baarah Maase, Terah Parba’ (13 festivals in 12 months) idea.
The handicraft and handloom section was a treasure trove of renowned Odia textile traditions. Fashion designer Sunil Sethi curated a fashion show to showcase the traditional Odia weaves — Sambalpuri, Bomkai and Kataki.
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 gala celebrations.
For food lovers, the festival had plethora of options on offer — Odia delicacies like the traditional sweet peetha, and quintessential Odia delights such asd badi, papad, achaar, ghuguni, dahibara, chaat, as well as beautiful Odia thali and paan. An art workshop by Odia artists and a painting competition for children below 18 years of age were also part of the line-up.