Bhubaneswar:9/2/24: The curtains have fallen on Ekamra Utsav showcased art, culture, and linguistic diversity in Odisha capital here.
The final evening of Ekamra Utsav, hosted by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), featured a mesmerising performance by Jubin Nautiyal, enchanting the audience with his renowned melodies.
Jubin Nautiyal’s rendition of ‘Chahinla Boli Chaka Akhi’ stirred emotions, highlighting the integral role of Jagannath Bhajans in Odisha’s cultural fabric.
Festival-goers of all ages lauded the administration for bringing Ekamra Utsav to Bhubaneswar, praising its immersive celebration of the state’s language, culture, cuisines, and arts.
Organised alongside the first World Odia Language Conference, Ekamra Utsav embraced every facet of Odisha, featuring ‘Ama Byanjana’ food stalls offering authentic Odia cuisines ranging from tribal to festive cuisines and ‘Sangitara Murchana’ events showcasing renowned national and state singers, mesmerizing audience with goosebump-worthy songs.
The night flea market became a hub for authentic craftworks, while the Bhubaneswar Kahani Utsav captivated attendees with tales from Odia folklore.
The BDA also extended its celebration to include people from underprivileged sections, promoting inclusivity at the carnival. Residents of slum areas were invited to enjoy the musical nights at the Exhibition Ground with complimentary passes provided by the authorities.
The residents of IDCO exhibition ground area also received free passes. Similarly, around 100 differently-abled students attended the inaugural ceremony of the festival.
Balwant Singh, Vice-Chairman of BDA, emphasized the festival’s commitment to inclusiveness and equitable representation across diverse demographics, aligning with the spirit of celebration for both the festival and the World Odia Conference.
The Ekamra Walks that began in the last week of January will continue until the subsequent weeks of March, happening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, BDA sources said.
Reflecting on the festival, attendees expressed gratitude to the government for revitalizing the capital city and showcasing the city’s potential on a global stage. Anticipation is already high for next year’s iteration of Ekamra Utsav, thereby highlighting its significance as a unifying celebration of Odisha’s rich heritage, and for the residents of the city and the state as a whole. The last three days of the festival had a drone show showcasing the heritage and culture of the state.