Ramakanta Biswas

Odisha Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the National Flag at Mahatma Gandhi Marg as the state-level 74th Republic Day was celebrated in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. 

The Governor unfurled the Tricolor in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other dignitaries. Lal also inspected a guard of honour while Kesinga SDPO Yaspratap Shrimal led the parade on the occasion.

Various traditional dances and music marked the celebrations. Troupes from Kabisuryanagar in Ganjam performed Pasu Mukha Nrutya amid Ghanta Mrudanga music while artistes from Boudh district enthralled the audience with Sabar Sabaruni dance. 

Similarly, Bajasal, Singari and Ghumura dances were performed by artistes of Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district and Dhemsa dance by the artistes of the primitive tribes of Rayagada district.  

On the occasion, tableaux of nine key departments of the Odisha government including agriculture, health, education, panchayati raj and drinking water, works department, Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department, Tourism, OSACS, OMC and fire department were displayed highlighting various initiatives. 

This year, a troop of Andhra Pradesh police took part in the Republic Day parade for the first time. Daredevil acts were displayed on motorcycles on the occasion. Moreover, Skating Academy also performed skating during the celebrations.