ODISHA FESTIVAL, 2023 kickstarts in Kolkata

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Photo Caption: Mr. C.S Panigrahi, President, Sree Jagannath Seva Samiti greets the chief guest, Governor, C.V Ananda Bose on the inauguration of the Odisha Festival.
Photo Caption: Mr. C.S Panigrahi, President, Sree Jagannath Seva Samiti greets the chief guest, Governor, C.V Ananda Bose on the inauguration of the Odisha Festival.
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ODISHA FESTIVAL 2023 kickstarts in Kolkata

  • Northern Park, Bhawanipore Kolkata to host ODISHA FESTIVAL from 21st to 27th June 2023
  • ODISHA FESTIVAL to showcase the rich heritage and culture of Odisha

KOLKATA, JUNE 21ST:

ODISHA FESTIVAL organized by UTKALA, The Cultural Wing of Sri Jagannath Seva Samiti, kickstarts from today at the Northern Park, Bhawanipore Kolkata.

ODISHA FESTIVAL was inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal Sri C V Anand Bose in the presence of Mr. Ashim Kumar Bose, Hon Councilor of Northern Park, Ward No 70, KMC, Bhawanipore, Mr. Chandra Sekhar Panigrahi,  President, Jagannath Seva Samiti,  Khidirpur,  Mr. Kashinath Behera, President Utkala, other guests and dignitaries.

A number of performances are taking place and visitors will also have a glimpse of Odisha handicrafts that are on display on the occasion.” Utkala Samman conferred every year since 2003 on personalities with outstanding contributions to Art and Culture. This year renowned Singer Mr. Debashis Mohapatra, a prominent Odia singer was honoured with Utkal Sanman. He also performed along with other well-known artists. The book “Jagannath in Bengal Eyes” Utkala Souvenir & Album JHUMAR was unveiled and the project Chhauni from Mayurbhanj performed Chhou Dance and Sri Subhash Patra & Troupe from Rairangpur performed Jhumur songs.

On this occasion, Mr. C.S. Panigrahi, President, of Sree Jagannath Seva Samiti said, “At Kidderpore Jagannath Mandir, we join in the celebration of Rath Yatra just like it is celebrated everywhere else. Concurrently, we also organized a week-long festival known as Odisha Festival. Our objective is to introduce the people of Bengal to the vibrant culture, arts, and music of Odisha. Additionally, we endeavor to incorporate elements of Odisha’s artifacts and cuisine to some extent, while promoting the Jagannath culture among our temple visitors and encouraging them to spread this culture to others. The Odisha Festival has been an ongoing tradition for the past two decades. This year, we are proud to commemorate the 75th Rath Yatra at Kidderpore Jagannath Temple in Kolkata. Our message to all is to embrace and follow the Jagannath culture.”

On the 22nd evening, the Honorable Mayor of Kolkata, Mr. Firhad Hakim will grace the festival as Chief Guest.  On the 22nd the audience will enjoy the Baul dance sponsored by the Govt of West Bengal.

This 7-day-long festival will witness the classical dance programme by Navajiban Natya Sastra, sponsored by Govt of Odisha, dance programme by Smt. Meera Das & Troupe along with the Bhajan Sandhya programme by Artists of Odias at Kolkata, Indian classical Dance, interschool competition, Bhajan Sandhya by eminent Bhajan Singer / Bollywood singer Sadhana Sargam and her Team, performance by the Temple team and Gousiya Nritya by Prof Mahua Mukherjee will adorn the Odisha Festival.

A traditional Khiri-Pitha competition will be held on 25th June 2023.

The Closing ceremony on 27th June 2023 will be started with the introduction of prize winners followed by dance performances by the prize winners. The festivities will end with the Bahuda Yatra (Return Rath) at 10.00 am on 28th June 2023.

About UTKALA:  Utkala is a non-profit, charitable, social, and cultural Society registered in the year 1988 under the West Bengal Society Registration Act. The Society was established to provide an institutional platform in the metropolis of Kolkata, the cultural capital of India, for promoting socio-cultural amity and national integration based on the noble ethos of Shri Jagannath Culture. It promotes, propagates, and popularizes art and culture, crafts and sculpture, dance and drama, music, and paintings of Odisha in Kolkata, the cultural capital of the country. It also spots and promotes local talents in the fields encompassing all aspects of art, culture, and literature.

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