3-day drone show to promote Odia language, art and culture begins in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A three-day drone show aimed at promoting the language and showcasing the art and culture of Odisha commenced on Wednesday.

The spectacle featured an impressive display of 200 drones simultaneously taking flight in the sky, capturing the essence of Odisha’s rich heritage.

The mesmerizing show, held for 15 minutes, left the audience exhilarated and captivated. The event is set to continue for the next two days, promising more awe-inspiring moments and breathtaking visuals.

The drone shows are the part of the Ekamra Utsav being conducted at the Exhibition Ground by Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA).

Comprising three distinct components, the Ekamra Utsav promises a diverse array of experiences. The main event, Sangitara Murchana, will take place at the IDCO Exhibition ground, featuring captivating performances by acclaimed artists from across the nation and region. This cultural extravaganza will enchant attendees with live music, band performances, and various other forms of performing arts. All the performances will be based on Odia language and culture.

  • (Opening) 3rd February – Smruti Tume Akshay Mohanty Evening
  • 4th February – Sangitara Tale Tale: Anuradha Paudwal, Suresh Wadkar
  • 5th February – Abhula Atita: Ananaya Sritam Nanda
  • 6th February – Bhasa Hi Bhabisyata: Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty, Kuna Tripathy
  • 7th February – Basantara Swara: Ruturaj Mohapatra & Sona Mohapatra
  • 8th February – Murchana Ra Bhinna Eka Sandhya: Sonu Nigam
  • 9th February – Tume Chanhila Boli: Jubin Nautial

In addition to Sangitara Murchana, the festival will include the Food Festival – “AMA BYANJAN,” offering attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant traditions and flavors of Odisha. The Food Festival aims to showcase the diverse and flavorful regional cuisine of Odisha.

The Ekamra Haat (Night Flea Market of Ekamra Utsav) is scheduled from 3rd to 9th February 2024 and will take place at the Ekamra Expo Area in Bhubaneswar. This event promises to showcase the cultural vibrancy of Odia heritage against the city’s lively backdrop, running from 4 PM to 11 PM daily.

Besides, a drone show will be held on February 7, 8 and 9 on Odia language, art and culture. As many as 200 drones will be used for this purpose. In order to promote language, the Madhusudan Marg leading to the venue will also display designs based on Odia language, art and culture.

Ekamra Utsav will honour the profound legacy and ancient roots of the Odia Language through a captivating and all-encompassing exhibition centred on the Odia alphabet. This event, designed to celebrate the rich heritage of Odisha, encapsulates the essence of the state’s cultural mosaics, including its cinema, language, literature, and all facets that define the Odia identity. Through thoughtful curation, the exhibition will serve as a vibrant demonstration of Odisha’s diverse and enduring heritage, inviting visitors to explore and appreciate the multifaceted layers of this ancient classical language and the culture it represents.

Additionally, the third edition of the Bhubaneswar Kahani Utsav (Bhubaneswar Festival of Storytelling, BhuFesto) will unfold its enchanting tales from February 3 to February 5. Spread across four distinct locations within the city – Indira Gandhi Park, Odisha Crafts Museum Kalabhoomi, APJ Abdul Kalam Park in Kalinga Nagar, and Budha Jayanti Park in Niladr Vihar – this captivating event will feature renowned storytellers such as Kuna Tripathy, Akash Dasnayak, Ushashi Mishra, and Meera Parida. Attendees can also look forward to contemporary retellings of classical Odia novels, adding a modern twist to timeless tales of the region.

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