Colourful Carnival: Heritage walk and World Tourism day

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First of its kind, a colourful carnival showcasing the culture of Odisha was organised at the temple city of Bhubaneswar to mark the occasion of World Tourism Day on September 27.

World Tourism Day Carnival, flagged off by Odisha Governor S C Jamir, was jointly organised by Odisha Tourism Department and Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India on the third and concluding day of FHRAIs golden jubilee convention.

Enthralling thousands of spectators, the carnival procession was led by a group of bikers in the city and including many prominent FHRAI members, who are well-known bikers, were at the forefront of the rally with luxury bikes. But the centre of attraction was actress Mahima Chaudhry, who took part in the event. Vintage cars, mainly owned by hoteliers and entrepreneurs, were also centre of attraction for the people in the city.

The extravaganza also comprised of 8 tableaux with different themes, exclusively designed for the carnival with replicas of world-famous monuments such as the Statue of Liberty and Colosseum in Rome were placed on a tableau.

Of the 8 tableaux, the World Tourism float led the carnival procession followed by Odisha Tourism float displaying different tourist destinations in the state and FHRAI’s own float exhibiting the apex organisation of all the leading regional hotel associations of India.

The float on Buddhism was very impressive and drew wide applause from all the delegates from across India as well as abroad. The other floats were on wildlife assets, Handicraft float showcasing various handicraft products of India, KIIS and DAV School.

The tableau on handicrafts included cane-work, which is famous in the northeast India, and crafts created out of coconut coir drew attention.

The float on Buddhism drew applause from foreign delegates and Indian dignitaries. Musical bands of Indian Navy, Odisha police along with dance troupes from Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Jharkhand enthralled the audience.

Apart from tableau musical bands of Indian Navy, Odisha police along with dance troupes from Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Jharkhand brought cheers among the spectators.

Popular instruments like Sankha, Ghanta, Dulduli and dance forms Ranappa, Odissi, Ghumura, Mask Dance, tribal dance forms left the spectators spellbound. Famous Naga Medha, Durga Medha, Ravana Medha, different types of animal dances along with a spade of tribal dances from Sundargarh, Koraput, Kandhamal and neighbouring state Jharkhand, Chhau dance, very popular Ghoda nacha of Odisha were part of the visual treat at the carnival.

Hundreds of students in colourful attires from different educational institutions, hotel management institutions, rock band show by Sai International School students, KIIS students made the carnival a successful one.

Among other dignitaries on the occasion, state Culture and Tourism Minister Mr. Ashok Panda, State Industries Minister Mr. Debiprasad Mishra, Bhubaneswar MP Dr. Prasanna Pattsani, MLA Mr. Bijay Mohanty, Mr. Priyadarshi Mishra, State Tourism Secretary Mr. L N Gupta, Tourism Director Mr. Anil Samal, Bhubaneswar Mayor Mr. Anant Narayan Jena, FHRAI President Mr. T S Walia, HAREI President Mr. Sudesh Poddar, Convention Organising Committee Chairman Mr. Dilip Ray, Convention Technical Committee Chairman Mr. Debashish Pattnaik were present at the carnival. Consul Generals from different Countries along with several foreign delegates also witnessed the one of its kind carnival