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Dhauli light-and-sound show still defunct

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Dhauli light-and-sound show still defunct

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

Even four months after very severe cyclonic storm Fani that devastated coastal Odisha, the light-and- sound show at Shanti Stupa atop the Dhauli Hill is lying defunct here on outskirts of theState capital.

No initiative has been taken so far to resume the show, which was showing epic scenes from Dhauli’s eventful past, disappointing the tourists in a big manner.

However, the authorities assured to resume the show at the earliest. “The light and sound show system at Dhauli was completely destroyed in the cyclone Fani. While the total loss was estimated at Rs 2.31 crore, allocation amount has been approved for repair of the system. The ITDC has won the tender and repair work which will begin within a week,” informed a Tourist Officer.

With completion of the repair work, the light and sound show will once again leave the tourists jaw-dropped.

The light and sound show was launched at Shanti Stupa, which stands firm atop historical Dhauli hill, on August 15, 2015. The initiative had fetched much appreciation from the visitors.

In the 35- minute show presented in three languages (English, Hindi and Odia), the audience witness great story glorifying the Kalinga empire, feuds within the Mauryan empire, King Ashoka’s rise to power and his epic transformation from Chandashoka (cruel Ashoka) to Dharmashoka (Ashoka on path of religion).

 It also shows the gruesome Kalinga War and its morbid aftermath as well as King Ashoka’s remorse at the massive bloodbath.

It ends with Ashoka renouncing violence, embracing Buddhism and propagating the religion from Kalinga to the rest of the world.

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