'Odisha Parba' is back in the national capital with its second edition to light up the cultural mosaic of the city from March 9 to March 11, 2018.
The 4-day affair will witness the unique culture, heritage, traditions, dance, melody, culinary delights, along with illustrious history and freedom struggle of Odisha under one spectrum.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will grace the event as the chief guests.
Narrating the objective behind the venture, Sidhartha Pradhan, Retired IRS officer and President of the Odia Samaj, said, "Each Odia is a Paika in patriotism, spirit and zeal. Paika Bidroha was the first armed rebellion against the British East India Company in 1804. I maintain my calm within because I must be myself the silent, cultured, peace loving yet the strong willed Odia. My land is the land of convergence, of equanimity and inherent simplicity."
He added that this year, 'Odisha Parba' will cover 50% more area than last year. "Multiple outlets for drinking water will be installed, besides a threefold increase in number of food stalls offering authentic Odia cuisine."
Spreading over an area of 2 lakh 60 thousand sq. ft, 'Odisha Parba' will showcase the history and culture of the state. The entrance gate will be in the shape of 'Dola Bimana', which is a common sight in Odisha, during the festival of Holi. Intricate pattachitra designs will add colours to this decorum.
To commemorate the life of brave hearts, who fought daringly against the oppression of British forces in Odisha, the fest will highlight individuals and incidents that marked the remarkable struggle from 1804-1947.
A grand stage will be set up with backdrop of Barabati Fort to evoke the glorious past of Odisha. An exhibition, a coffee table book and a multi projection film will throw light on the rebellions which spread across Odisha in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In addition, a sculpture gallery by internationally renowned sculptor Padma Shree Sudarshan Sahoo will showcase the intricate stone work of the state.
A workshop by Odia artists and a painting competition for children below 18 years of age are some other aspects being introduced to the 'Odisha Parba' this time.
Conceptualised by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi, a fashion show woven around the beautiful handlooms and textiles from various parts of Odisha will also be a part of the mega event.
The handicraft and handloom section in the festival will be the treasure trove of renowned Odishan traditional arts, crafts and textiles. Award winning artisans and weavers from the state are all set to showcase traditional handloom sarees, dress materials, artefacts and craft products unique to this coastal state.
Dance and music shows encompassing Odissi, traditional folk dance and music, fusion as well contemporary flavours from Odisha will enthrall the audience every day.
Last but not the least , attendees will also be able to enjoy the umpteen sweet delicacies, the street foods of Cuttack, Berhampur and western Odisha, the delicious non-veg items, the Odia thali and finally the Odia paan at the India Gate Lawns this time. Many of these food items will be novelties for the food connoisseurs of the cosmopolitan National Capital.
The entire food court will be designed in a fort style, reflecting the ambience of 'Baarah Maasi Tera Parba', which reflects Odisha's passion for festivals in one calendar year.
Anchor of popular Odia cookery show 'Puntu Nana nka Peta Jatra', the much-loved Puntu Nana will also be present in the Food Zone to interact with the visitors and spread cheer among them. An exclusive stall will offer 'Jagannath Bhog', as a blessing of the Almighty.