Two-day Odisha Parba in Surat from today

Surat: More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the Odisha Parba festival on the opening day of the two-day extravaganza today in Surat. The festival will showcase the rich culture, heritage, history and legacy of Odisha.

The event organised by Odia Samaj will be held at Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre (SIECC) in Sarsana. Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani will inaugurate the event which will be attended by Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.

In a tweet, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated that the magnificent hues of Odisha’s heritage, history, culture will be showcased at Odisha Parba in Surat.

“The occasion will provide an opportunity for the people to know the culture, tradition, history of Odisha. It will also provide a platform to know about Lord Jagannath’s culture of Odisha and Lord Krishna’s Dwaraka culture of Gujarat during the festival,” said an organiser of the event, Srikant Padhi.

“I have been staying here since the last 36 years. Such mega event was last held in 2010 when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat and this will be second of its kind festival here,” a local resident.

Around 322 artistes from Odisha will mesmerize audience with various traditional folk dance forms, Odissi and other cultural programmes during the fest.

A replica of the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra has been displayed at the entrance gate of the event.

The food court at the fest will offer mouth-watering Odia delicacies including street foods, sweets, pickles and traditional Odia thali.

“People from across the country are settled in Surat. I feel happy that through the festival, people of every community will come to know about the culture, tradition, dance, food habitat and other details about Odisha. This is really a mega event,” said Harihara, another Odia settled in Surat.