Odisha Parba’ is once again set to make a comeback in the heart of New Delhi from March 15 to 17 at India Gate Lawns. Organised by Odia Samaj, the 3rd edition of the three- day long mega event will showcase the unique culture, heritage, tradition, ethnic cuisine, handlooms and handicrafts of Odisha.
The entrance gate to the event will depict sunrise, symbolizing development of eastern part of India, specifically development of Odisha. A grand stage is being set up with backdrop of a lotus flower to symbolize 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, artefacts, handcrafted jewellery etc at very competitive prices.
Dance and music shows encompassing Odishi, traditional folk dance and music, fusion as well contemporary flavours from Odisha shall enthral the audience each day. Live music shows by seasoned artists like Tansen Singh, Abhijit Majumdar, Pankaj Jal, Susmita Das besides latest musical sensations like Sourin Bhatt, Aseema Panda, Chelsi Behura etc will keep the rhythm going. A special musical programme titled "Smruti Pasara" dedicated to the memory of late Akshaya Mohanty by his son Chitrabhanu Mohanty is bound to take people down the memory lane.
One of the highlights of the event will be the opportunity to see Odishi dance by Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh. Odishi performances shall also be staged by disciples of Binayak Panda, Kasturi Pattanaik and Madhumita Raut.
The fest will bring delicious treats from Odisha, ranging from street foods of classic cities like Cuttack, Brahmapur and Sambalpur, Odia thali and a diverse range of sweets.