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Various programmes and stalls of eateries attracting all sections

IMPRESSIVE: Artistes performing ‘Jodi Sankha' on the inaugural day of Mahanagar Mahotsab in Berhampur. — PHOTO: LINGARAJ PANDA
IMPRESSIVE: Artistes performing ‘Jodi Sankha' on the inaugural day of Mahanagar Mahotsab in Berhampur. — PHOTO: LINGARAJ PANDA

Mahanagar Mahotsab, a cultural festival along with a trade fair, was inaugurated in the city on Wednesday evening.

The week-long festival, being held at the Khallikote autonomous college, will continue till next Tuesday. The festival is aimed at promoting cultural talents of the city and providing platform for trading of new firm sand products. But, for a large section of the crowd, who are reaching out to enjoy the festival, it is an entertaining way to spend chilled winter evenings. Variety of stalls of eateries and fast food are also attracting children as well as elders.

Every evening of the festival is scheduled to start with intellectual seminar on culture, heritage and burning issues of the region.

They are followed by performances on stage by troupes and artistes from the city and its suburbs. On Wednesday, the seminar that preceded the cultural programmes was on the topic ‘scope of tourism industry based on cultural heritage in Ganjam district'. Participants of the seminar included people from all walks of life.

Cultural events

The cultural programmes of the second evening of the festival included dance recitals by Maa Adishakti Nrutya Dal from Gurunthi village on the outskirts of the city. They performed an interesting amalgamation of folk and modern dance forms. Odissi recital by students of Berhampur Kala Niketan was also the highlight of the show. Small children of Sunrise Play School also came out on stage to show up that they were budding talents to upkeep cultural heritage. The classical talents of the city were provided stage to show up their skills. Vocalists from Odissi Sangeet Parishad and Gayatri Kala Vikas Kendra enthralled the audience with their Odissi, Hindustani and Carnatic vocal recitals.


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