ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Raja Utsav’ to be celebrated tomorrow

FESTiVAL TIME: A group of children wait for their turn as a girl uses the swing during the three-day ’Raja Festival’ on the outskirts of Berhampur on Wednesday.

FESTiVAL TIME: A group of children wait for their turn as a girl uses the swing during the three-day ’Raja Festival’ on the outskirts of Berhampur on Wednesday.  

Correspondent

The event will be hosted by Mashaal at Ekamra Haat

BHUBANESWAR: Showcasing Oriya culture and cuisine, the ninth annual "Raja Utsav" (festival of Raja) will be under way at the Ekamra Haat open air auditorium in the city on Friday. The day-long event is being hosted by city-based cultural organisation Mashaal in association with the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata, Song and Drama Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Departments of Culture, Tourism, Sports and Youth Services of the State Government.

"With growing urbanisation of the State, the city folks, the youth and children in particular, are rapidly losing their links with the age-old cultural traditions.

This is an attempt to familiarise them with the unique ethnic cultural practices by recreating an ambiance of the popular Raja festival celebrations," explained programme coordinator Tapas.

While the well-known Kala Vikas Kendra of Cuttack will present a dance ballet on "Raja" incorporating several popular songs and folklore based on the festival, the hosts will set up swings for the visitors.

Besides there will be separate competitions for women on the traditional "jhoti chita" and "pitha" (traditional Oriya cake) preparation apart from a competition among the girls in the exciting game of "puchi" exclusive to women, the hosts informed.

The event would commence at 4 pm and there would be no entry fee for participation in the competitions, they clarified.

The cultural evening would showcase several unique folk dances of Orissa like "ghoda nacha" by veteran artiste Utsab Sahoo of Choudwar, "ranapa" dance by Narendrapur Kala Kendra of Ganjam, "paika" dance by the famous Khurda troupes and the ritualistic "Sahi Jata" of Puri that was associated with the temple of tradition of Jagannath.

The highlight of the evening, however, will be the highly acrobatic gotipua dance by the girls that has been named as "gotijhia". Orissa topper of plus two arts examination Priyanka Swain will be feted with Dasarathi Nayak memorial award on the occasion, the hosts said.



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