Preparations in full swing for Bargarh Dhanu Yatra

Bargarh: With only few days left for Dhanu Yatra, the world’s biggest open air theatre, to kick start here, preparations for the 11-day long festival are on full swing in Bargarh town.

During this Dhanu Yatra celebration, Bargarh town is virtually transformed into Mathuranagar, the capital of King Kansa. Almost the entire population of Bargarh town are busy in getting ready for the most-awaited festival.

The Kalyan Mandap of Bargarh town has become prime place for rehearsals and actors are practicing hard to give their superlative performances. On the other hand, costume designers have expedited their work to design outfits for actors to make the festival attractive and eye-catching.

Family of Devanand Sahu, who owns Jhankar Chitralaya, has been preparing outfits for the Dhanu Yatra actors for last 69 years. Sahu’s family members have been doing their best to make the outfits look dramatic with special attention on the accessories of King Kansa.

“Raw materials have been brought from Cuttack, Raipur and Kolkata and work is underway. We are trying our level best to make the outfits unique and hope it will catch the attention of public,” said Devanand Sahu, the Costume maker.

“I have given measurements for my costume. They are working hard and using creative skills to make the outfits attractive. I am sure the outfits will make the play lively and add colours,” said Bhuban Pradhan, who is going to play the role of Kansa.

On the other hand, the district administration and Dhanu Yatra Mahotsav Samiti have carried out massive preparations for smooth celebration of the annual festival which is beginning from January 11. This year 20 gates of 40 ft tall will be set up across the town at an estimated cost of around Rs 8 lakh.

“The gates will be constructed at appropriate places as people have asked for unique decorations and lighting this year. We are taking all possible steps to ensure that the festival is celebrated in a harmonious manner” said Bargarh Collector Indramani Tripathy.