Berhampur, Dec 10 (LocalWire) It’s a marriage ceremony with traditional rituals – with demands of dowry – but not in cash or household articles from the bride’s parents.
In the wedding, the groom from Silk City demanded protection of archaeological sites in Bhubaneswar, while the bride from the state capital urged to make Ganjam open defecation free (ODF).
The marriage was performed between two dolls made in lacquer at the ODART center, Brakul on the bank of the Chilika lake on Sunday.
Famous lacquer artist Kesu Das of Balasore made the dolls.
The marriage procession included popular folk dances of Ganjam. Several dignitaries, including MLA (Berhampur) R.Ch Chaupatnaik, doctors, academicians and activists took part in the procession.
From asking the doll’s hand for marriage to taking the vows, all rituals were performed in traditional style. A feast was also arranged for the guests.
“Balasore is famous for its lacquer toys and I have been doing it for many years, while the marriage between the dolls is an age-old tradition. We want to spread a social message through this ritual,” said Das.
Berhampur academician Sudhir Rout, who played as the father of the groom, urged his counterpart – the bride’s father Shakti Prasad Nanda, an architecture of Bhubaneswar, to protect the archaeological sites of the city of temples.
In reply, Nanda urged Rout to make Ganjam ODF.
“The brides can’t go outside for relief. Household latrine is must for every house in the district,” he said.
The ceremony marked the second foundation day of the ODART center. With this ceremony, several folk dances of Ganjam like tiger dance, Ranapa, animal mask dance, sakhi nacha, Bharata Leela, and blow of twin conch, were performed.
“The aim of the center is to keep alive traditional folk culture and tribal art of the state,” said the adviser of the center PK Das, member of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
“It’s a symbolic marriage to ensure harmony among the people in the society,” said Hrusikesh Panigrahy of All India Radio (AIR) Berhampur.