The Mahotsav began with a lot of grandeur with thousands of people from across Jharsuguda district and outside the district thronged Man Mohan M.E. School to witness the inaugural ceremony of 5 days cultural extravaganza of the district.
Hundreds of outside and local artists gathered here to display their skills at this cultural extravaganza.
Earlier, in a day a cultural “Sobha Yatra” was taken out from Jhadeswar Temple on Tuesday afternoon to the event ground.
“Every year, on the occasion of Jharsuguda District formation day celebration, this Lok Mahotsav is being celebrated on January 1st. But this year is a special year as our district completed its 25 years of District formation. In this regard we are organising a mega Blood donation camp and a Seminar “Jharsuguda@25”. The event focuses on promoting the local folk dance and culture of the area. This year around 1300 artists will take part on these 5 days, cultural programme belongs from within the district and outside district too. Even this year around 296 stalls of various handicrafts, food stall has been put up.”Said Tapas Ray Choudhary, convener co-coordinating Committee, Dulduli
The Jharsuguda Lok Mahotsav, which is being organised for the past 16 years, aims to revive dying local art forms.
On the inaugural day, the event started with Remembering Goodess Maa Samalei, followed by a Play on Jharsuguda History by Tukna Mishra and troops of Jharsuguda, Mahari Dance were few programme staged.
The Mahotsav was inaugurated by Jharsuguda MLA, Naba Kishore Das along with Laxmi Narayan Patel, President, Zilla Parishad, Jharsuguda. Smt. Rosalin Patel, President, Panchayat Samiti,Laikera, Smt. Jayanti Bahuka (President, Panchayat Samiti, Kolabira) and Digambar Bhoi (President, Panchayat Samiti, Jharsuguda) along with many other dignitaries were also present.
The art lovers of the town are very excited about this folk festival.
” This is a great opportunity for showcasing the hidden local art forms and from this platform, the local artist could get new opportunities,” said Rajiv Singh a resident of Brajrajnagar.