Bhubaneswar, September 2 (LocalWire): The Odisha Society of the Americas (OSA) celebrated the famous agrarian festival of Western Odisha – Nuakhai with full colour, glamour, gaiety and grandeur.
The first-ever e-celebration of this auspicious occasion has attracted the attention and appreciation of non-resident Odias in America, Canada and across the globe.
Particularly, the Herculean task taken up by the organisers of hosting such a gigantic cultural jamboree in the backdrop of the pandemic threat was lauded by one and all.
The function was neatly executed adhering to the Corona protocol only due to the dynamic and determined leadership of OSA President Kuku Das and her dedicated and committed team members.
The Chief Guest, much celebrated Kosali poet Padmashri Haladhar Nag enthralled the audience with his electrifying rendition of the poetry written by him.
The Chief Speaker Odisha’s Energy Minister Capt. Dibya Shankar Mishra articulated the unending bondage between nature and mankind.
Esteemed guest, senior bureaucrat Dr. Arabinda Padhi extended his felicitations to the people of Western Odisha.
Entitled as “Nuakhai Juhar”, the virtual festival was attended by 3000 viewers online and through Live Streaming.
OSA is the largest offshore non-resident Odia Association based in America. It has 18 branches spread over 50 states of U.S.A. and Canada.
All branch presidents and many more dignitaries attended the show and participated in the fun and frolic during the celebration.
Singers Suparna Behera, Achyuta Acharya, Madhabika Nayak, Nibedita Gantayat, Gayatri Senapati, Sushri Sruti, Biswa Behera, Ashok and Sasmita Panigrahi kept the audience spellbound with their soulful renditions of Sambalpuri and Odia popular songs.
Organisers and audiences present during the occasion paid rich obeisance to Maa Utkal, Goddess Samaleswari and Lord Jagannath and prayed for the all-round betterment of their mother state Odisha.