Bhubaneswar, July 27 (LocalWire): In order to promote local culture and tourism, the Puri district administration has decided to continue with the weekly street festival on the Grand Road (Bada Danda) for the second Sunday.
“The holy town will again host several artists who will be performing traditional dance and songs on the street.
The artists will perform Odissi dance, Goti Pua, rangolis, art, sankirtans and various other Jagannath ruchi-kala in the festival,” Puri sub-collector Bhabataran Sahoo said to the LocalWire.
“A lot of Jagannath devotees from outside the state come to Puri every year.
We have initiated this festival not just to preserve the beauty of our culture but also to share it with them,” Sahoo added.
On the first such event, held on July 21, there was overwhelming participation of citizens, devotees, artists, and students as a host of cultural activities and competitions were held.
Besides, devotees took a parikrama around the Jagannath Temple with the help of servitors to know more about the 12th Century shrine while the performances by the artists left the devotees spellbound.
Informing that the entry is open to all artists willing to participate in the street festival, Sahoo said: “There is no specific registration process to perform in the event.
Artists willing to perform in the festival will just have to contact the district administration ahead of the event.”
Bhubaneswar city administration also holds a weekly street festival called Pathotsav every Sunday, excluding festival and rainy days.
The capital street festival features all kinds of events ranging from yoga teaching sessions to rock concerts performed by local bands.
Sahoo said Puri street festival is different from Bhubaneswar Pathotsav as it portrays only art and culture related to Jagannath.
The Pathostav is funded by Bhubaneswar Municipality and by private commercial participants such as traders, but the Puri street festival has no funding allocation by the city.
“The Department of Culture is funding the festival. Some artists and some devotees contribute too.
We have not received funding from any external sources yet,” Sahoo said.
The weekly street festival is an initiative by the Puri District Administration with the support of the Department of Culture to preserve the Jagannath culture and portray it to the larger audience and also promote spirituality.