Odisha Parba 2017
“I am delighted see such a large gathering of visitors in this event. I am thankful to Delhi-ites for showing their love to celebrate occasions across cultures. I am also proud to see such a huge gathering of Odia people here, which shows their bonding with their roots, culture and traditions. This event will help in propagating the rich heritage of Odisha, the colorful cultural forms and vibrant socio-cultural and political ethos of the state” —Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (I/C)
On the second day, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering said, “India is incomplete without a culturally-enriched Odisha. The state’s glorious cultural legacy has immensely contributed to India. Odisha’s indomitable spirit is reflected in its spectacular gamut of cultural performances.”
Governor Murmu said, “More than 10 lakhs Odias in Delhi and NCR have been celebrating our festivals regularly far from our home state, but there always remains a gap. I am thankful that an event such as this has been organized to fill that gap”
On the inaugural day were seen enthralling folk dances of Odisha like Gotipua, Jhumar, Ranapa, Paika and Chhau. Bhajan and Chorus (Bande Utkal Janani) led by Shri Saroj Mohanty was another attraction of the evening. After that, “Jagannath Gopinath” (Odishi Dance) presented by Guru Shri Durga Charan Ranbir and Patitapaban Kala Niketan, New Delhi mesmerized the audience. “Bhava Sangam” (Odishi Dance) composed by Padma Shri Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Sambalpuri Folk dance by Sambalpur Tribal and Folk Art centre with Dr Krishna Patel from Sambalpur, Odisha and melodious musical performance by Ms Nazia Alam had the audience spell-bound. The replicas of the three colourful chariots of Jagannath Dham at the entrance gate of the event brought a divine feeling among the visitors who thronged to the abode of Odia culture. An exhibition titled Atma Shakti, captured the indomitable spirit of Odias through the enchanting history of its ancient civilization.
A symbolic replica of the Mountain Caves of Udayagiri was erected at the site. The second evening witnessed enthralling folk dances of Odisha including Ghumura, Jodi Sankha, Sankirtana and Medha Nacha. Musical performance by leading Odia singer Ms Susmita Das was another attraction of the evening. After that, “Taala Badya” presented by Prof Dhaneswar Swain, “Bara Masa Tera Parba” (Chorus) by team Utkalini, “Jaganath Jatra” a festival dance by Pravat Kumar Swain and musical performance by Ms Kaveri Behera, “Espirangaa” musical performances by Hrushikesh Acharya with Tariq Ajij, Navya, Sarmistha, Kunu were well appreciated by the audience.