All set for Chandipur beach festival from Jan 7

Balasore: The annual Golden Beach Festival at Chandipur in Balasore district is scheduled to begin from January 7. The four-day long event will be a fun-filled cultural extravaganza for the people of the coastal district.

The fair will witness a number of cultural activities, including dance perfromances between January 7 and January 10.This is the 18th year of the festival that is organised by a committee with the support of the district administration and the state government.

Local artistes as well as cultural troupes from various states will take part in the event.

The dances to be performed this year include Chhau, Ranapa, Kathak, Bhartnatyam, Kuchupudi, Ghumar and Bihu, apart from Odissi and Sambalpuri. Moghul Tamsha, a dying folk art form of the state, will also be staged during these days, organisers said.

The State Textile Directorate would set up stalls at the site for display of handicrafts, handloom and other products made by local artisans.

According to sources, the local defence units, especially Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) and Integrated Test Range (ITR) have evinced interest to put up their counters for showcasing their guns, artilleries and missiles at the festival.

“Chandipur Beach Festival is scheduled to begin from January 7. Tourism and Culture minister Ashok Panda will inaugurate the event. We are trying to make the festival more interesting and attractive this year to woo tourists,” said Chandipur Beach Festival committee chairman Jiban Pradip Das.