New Delhi: ‘Odisha Parba’ is all set to make a comeback in the heart of New Delhi from March 15 to 17, 2019, at India Gate Lawns. Organised by Odia Samaj, the third edition of this three-day event, would showcase the unique culture, heritage, tradition, ethnic cuisine and handlooms of the state in one spectrum.
The inaugural ceremony will be held March 15, 2019, at 6 pm at India Gate. Spreading over an area of 2 lakh 60 thousand sq. ft, this year ‘Odisha Parba’ will showcase the vision for a futuristic Odisha and how during ancient times Odisha was one of the most prominent states of the country with a rich maritime trade history. The event showcases the vision for reinstating that ancient glory to the state.
The entrance gate to the event will depict sunrise- symbolising development of eastern India in general and Odisha in particular. A grand stage is being set up with backdrop of a lotus flower to symbolise the vision of flourishing or blooming Odisha. A 3D mapping film on the theme of ‘Utkal Uday’ shall be the highlight of the event.
The handicraft and handloom section in the festival will be one of the most in demand sections as award winning artisans and weavers from Odisha shall showcase traditional handloom sarees, dress materials, artifacts and handcrafted jewellery among others at very competitive prices.
Dance and music shows encompassing Odissi, traditional folk dance and music, fusion as well contemporary flavours from Odisha enthralled the audience each day during previous editions of the festival.
Live music shows by seasoned artists like Tansen Singh, Abhijit Majumdar, Pankaj Jal, Susmita Das besides latest musical sensations like Sourin Bhatt, Aseema Panda and Chelsi Behura among others will captivate revelers in the three-day event. A special musical programme titled ‘Smruti Pasara’ dedicated to the memory of Late Akshaya Mohanty by his son Chitrabhanu Mohanty would take people down the memory lane.
One of the highlights of the event will be the opportunity to see Odissi dance by Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh. Odissi performances shall also be staged by disciples of Binayak Panda, Kasturi Pattanaik and Madhumita Raut.
Odisha Parba is proud to bring Delhiites a plethora of delicious treats from Odisha, ranging from street foods of classic cities like Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur, Odia thali and a diverse range of sweets from all over state. Many of these food items will be novelties for the food connoisseurs of Delhi NCR.
The event will remain open from 4 – 10 PM on the 15th of March and from 12 – 10 PM on 16th and 17th March 2019. There is no entry fee for the event.