An Odia food festival and a cultural extravaganza will mark the celebration of Utkal Divas, the formation day of Odisha, by Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj, premier socio-cultural organisation for Odias in the city, on April 1. The events will be organised at the Jagannath temple complex on Daspalla Hills. Odisha was formed on April 1, 1936.

The food festival by the Samaj members with ethnic and exotic Odia dishes like Manda, Kakara and Guguni will be big attraction. Mamini Kala Parishad of Cuttack sponsored by the Odisha government will present the cultural programme comprising traditional songs and dances.

Commissioner of Customs C. Rajendran will grace the occasion as the chief guest. Dredging Corporation of India Chairman and Managing Director Capt. D.K. Mohanty will be the main speaker.

Samaj president J.K. Nayak and secretary Bijoy Mahapatara have urged all to participate in celebrations in large numbers.

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