Manoj Kumar Jena

The historic Bali Yatra in Cuttack has entered its third day and is witnessing a huge footfall. 

Among many attractions, a village-themed pavilion installed on the fairground has turned out to be a major draw for visitors.   

The district administration of Cuttack has come up with the initiative. The aim of the initiative is to present a slice of rural life to the visitors coming to the maritime trade fair. 

The people were seen enjoying the view of the village and praising the authorities for the creative approach to promote the Odia culture. 

“This village-themed is a very good initiative to enlighten the children about our Odia culture. As the number of huts and traditional ways are slowly vanishing from society, the village-theme pavilion will help them to know about the root,” said a visitor. 

Another visitor said, "The village has been created with proper details as the authentic elements of village like Bhagabat Tungi, cowsheds, and huts are beautifully created. This will help offer a glimpse of pure Odia culture to visitors.” 

Speaking about the Village-themed stall, Cuttack Sub-collector Kamaljit Das said, “It is a new initiative to enlighten people about the traditional village life, which is a root of our culture. We are happy to see that people are appreciating it and it is also witnessing a huge footfall."  

It is to be noted that every year the historic ‘Bali Yatra’ is organised at Gadagadia ghat in Cuttack district on the banks of river Mahanadi. The week-long famous fair on an area of 30 acres on the river bank continues for 8-9 days.