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Raja festival in Odisha kicked off today with much fanfare

Bhubaneswar:148/6/17; The three-day Raja festival in Odisha kicked off today with much fanfare. The major Odia festival celebrates womanhood.

Girls and young women shun cooking and participate in merriment wearing new clothes and climb swings or play dice and card games. In rural areas, men too take part in the festivities with much fervour and don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the festival with playing cards and Kabadi. A special feature of the fete is sweet betel (Mitha Paan) which has a huge demand during the grand festival. Different kinds of Odia cuisines especially ‘Pithas’ like poda pitha, chakuli, Arisa, Kakera, Chhena poda and other sweet items double the fun of revellers.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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