Berhampur, December 24 (LocalWire): Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated the five-day Gopalpur Beach Festival being organised in the famous beach resort town Gopalpur-on Sea, about 15-km from here.
The inaugural function was also attended by the state Assembly speaker Surya Narayan Patro, several ministers, MLAs, MPs, and district administration officials.
The opening ceremony was marked by the traditional blowing of twin conches and the rhythms of cymbals, while several folk dance performances wooed the visitors on the first day of the festival.
Famous playback singer, Sonu Nigam, was also the major attraction on the first day of the festival, as he enthralled the audience with several popular Hindi numbers.
The golden sandy beach where the festival is being hosted wore a festive look with hundreds of people turning up for the event despite the cold wave.
While 30 platoons of forces have been deployed to ensure security at the festival, the administration has also installed 100 closed-circuit cameras to keep a vigil on the anti-social activities, police said.