Jharsuguda: 18thJharsuguda Lok Mahotsav, “Dulduli” got off to a colourful start on Wednesday evening with various Cultural programmes performed by folk artists.
The Mahotsav began with a lot of grandeur with several thousand people from across Jharsuguda district and outside the district thronged Man Mohan M.E. School to witness the inaugural ceremony of 5 days a 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 Monday 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. The event focuses on promoting the local folk dance and culture of the area. This year around 650 artists will take part in these 5 days, cultural programme belongs from within the district and outside district too. Even this year around 316 stalls of various handicrafts has been put up. Additionally, Chhau Dance of Purulia in West Bengal will be a special attraction, this year.”Said Tapas Ray Choudhary, co-coordinator Core – Committee, Dulduli
The Jharsuguda Lok Mahotsav, which is being organised for the past 18 years, aims to revive dying local art forms. On an inaugural day, Mahari Dance, Odissi Dance, Dalkhai, Sambalpuri Dance were staged.
The Mahotsav was inaugurated by Odisha State Health & Family Welfare Minister, Naba Kishore Das along with Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari, Smt. Rosalin Patel, President, Panchayat Samiti, Laikera, Tejraj Sahu ( President, Panchayat Samiti ) Kirmira, Smt. Jayanti Bahuka (President, Panchayat Samiti, Kolabira) and Digambar Bhoi (President, Panchayat Samiti, Jharsuguda) along with many other dignitaries were also present.