Odia cultural bonanza is at its peak at India gate today. Odia people & connoisseur of art of Delhi flocked together today morning to celebrate 8th Boita Bandana Utsav, The traditional boat sailing festival of ancient Odisha, organized by Bal Jagruti Association of Delhi, an association working for downtrodden people since fifteen years.
The function started with traditional conch blowing & Veda charting by Hrusikesh Panigrahi to an open & early November sky of Delhi .The festival which falls on the full moon day of month of Kartika being commemorated to remind the ancient maritime business of the then kalinga sadhabas (Kalinga business community), who were supposed to begin their maritime journey on this auspicious day. Apart from this, the association also celebrates the “Rasa-Poornima” to observe the eternal dance repertoire of Goddess Radha & Lord Krishna on this fool moon day, said Mr. Gobardhan Dhal, the chairmen of Boita bandana Utsav & President of Bal Jagruti Association. To observe this spiritual fervor traditional Odissi dance was performed on stage by artists of Sankalp group choreographed by Kasturi pattnaik.which is followed by Odissi Bhajan by Guru Hari Narayan & party.
Other important event organized by the Association was well decorated boat sailing, where people sail on the boat to commemorate the beginning of Sadhaba’s bonvoyage day.
To mark the memorable occasion Vaishnav Parida,Hon’ble MP,Amarendra Khatua,Suryamani Khuntia,N.K.Sahu,Shreedev Nanda,Dr.Arun Kumar Ratha,G S Pattnayak ,Prof.Monika Dash,P K Hota,P K Mohapatra,Tushar Mohapatra were present and participate the festival.