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Three-day festival celebrates rich Odia culture

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhiites were in for a treat this weekend, thanks to the annual Parba that celebrates the eastern Indian state's unique culture here.

The three-day festival, that began on March 9, saw the lawns of India Gate coming alive with Odisha's rich cultural heritage -- from its regional dance and music to gastronomical delights, as well as the illustrious history and freedom struggle.

Themed, "Odisha's struggle against British Rule from 1804-1947", the second edition of the festival sought to commemorate the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the country's independence.

"The rebellion led by and Buxi Jagabandhu, was showcased with an exclusive exhibition. A grand stage was set up where high relief work of in the backdrop evoked the glorious past of Odisha," Sidhartha Pradhan, of the Odia Samaj, said.

A modeled after a fort, recreated the enthusiasm of the local 'Baarah Maase, Terah Parba' (13 festivals in 12 months) idea.

The concept is symbolic of Odisha's passion for celebrations in a single year.

The handicraft and handloom section was a treasure trove of renowned Odia textile traditions.

curated a fashion show to showcase the traditional Odia weaves -- Sambalpuri, Bomkai and Kataki.

A sculpture gallery by Sudarshan Sahoo, along with traditional art forms like intricate applique and 'Pattachitra' also found place in the celebrations.

For food lovers, the festival had plethora of options on offer -- Odia delicacies like the traditional sweet peetha, and quintessential Odia delights like badi, papad, aachar, ghuguni, dahibara, chat, as well as beautifully curated Odia thali and paan.

The event was inaugurated by CJI Dipak Mishra.

An art workshop by Odia artists and a painting competition for children below 18 years of age were also part of the line-up.

The festival will come to a close on March 11.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 14:30 IST