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Odisha Parba 2017: India Gate lawns to turn into mini-Odisha for this cultural fest

Odisha Parba, a three-day festival starting April 29, will bring the rich culture and heritage of the coastal state to Delhi.

art and culture Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:49 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Odisha Parba 2017,Odia,Prince dance group
Witness the sand sculptures, get a taste of local delicacies and enjoy the cultural performances at the three-day festival.

Odisha is much more than just sand sculptures and ratha yatra. Odisha Parba 2017 — the first festival celebrating the coastal state in Delhi (starting April 29) — draws attention to its rich culture and heritage. Head to the lawns of Delhi’s iconic war memorial, India Gate, to witness spectacular artworks and dance performances, and treat your tastebuds to Odisha’s culinary delights at the three-day festival that will see participation from 350 Odia artists.

A replica of the three colourful chariots of Jagannath Dham will welcome visitors to the event. An exhibition, titled Atma Shakti, will take you through the enchanting history of this ancient civilisation. The works on display will depict the glorious maritime past during which Odias had flourishing overseas contact with the Roman Empire, Ceylon, China, Burma and the islands of Indonesia, to name a few. Also, here’s something you wouldn’t want to miss — artist Sudarsan Patnaik’s live sand art (on April 29 and 30)!

Sand sculptures will also be on display at the venue.

Cultural performances include a contemporary dance recital by the popular Prince dance group on the theme of Konark temple. Then there are recitals, of lesser-known folk dances such as Jhumar, Ghumura and better known ones such as Mayurbhanj Chhau.

Prince dance group will be performing at the Odisha Parba 2017.

Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty and her troupe will also perform an Odissi choreography. “Our production is titled Bhava Sangama, which is based on the theme of Ramayana and is a confluence of India and Indonesia. There are 22 dancers, including two dancers from Bali, who will perform this recital,” says Mohanty.

Presenting a composition of Odia literature, poems and folk songs will be singer Susmita Das. “It’s a matter of pride for me to perform at the India Gate. For this event, I will sing songs with a social message,” says Das.

No festival in Delhi is complete without delicious food. At Odisha Parba, expect specialities from Cuttack — Raghu Dahibara, Dilbahar Lassi, Atmaram Sweets, Kendrapada Rasabali, Baramaza and more.

Odia delicacies such as Dahi Vada Aloo will be available at the food court.

“There are about 20 lakh Odia people living in Delhi-NCR, and many others who’d be interested in the state’s traditions and culture. This fest is for all. We wanted to represent all parts of Odisha in Delhi. We’ve been planning this festival, at such a scale, for two months now,” says Sandip Mahapatra, organiser of the event.

Catch It Live
  • What: Odisha Parba
  • Where: August Kranti Udyan, India Gate lawns
  • When: April 29 to May 1
  • Timings: 5pm to 10pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat on Yellow Line

First Published: Apr 28, 2017 18:21 IST