Light and Sound show in confluence of faiths of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism in Odisha
If plans move in right direction light and show will create scope for tourists to enjoy their evenings at three major heritage sites of Odisha: the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, the Peace Pagoda at Dhauli and the Black Pagoda Konark Sun Temple.
Odisha Tourism Department has entered into an agreement with Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) for completion of the project in a time bound manner.
The Government has also put stiff deadline to complete the work before ensuing July 2015 Nabakalabara of Lord Jagannath, the important event where an estimated 50-lakh people will throng Puri to have darshan of Lod Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra with coronation of their New Idols after a gap of 22 years.
All these three-heritage sites chosen for light and sound show represent a confluence of faiths – Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. The sites are largely visited by domestic and international tourists have immense historical significance. The projects will show case the history and culture of Odisha.
The project will use state-of-the-art technology to highlight the legends and stories. Each sound and light show would be played for at least 30 minutes as per proposal by Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha.
The show at Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves will highlight emperor Kharavela’s rule, at Dhauli the story will be on the Kalinga War near the Dhauli Hill and its aftermath and at Konark, the feat of Bishu Maharana’s son Dharmapada will be featured.
ITDC authorities, the organization that would be nodal agency for implementation of the project have said Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan though approached to lend his voice was unlikely to consent for the same.
Other famous personalities such as Javed Akhtar, Om Puri, Suresh Oberoi and Naseeruddin Shah would be approached for the same, the ITDC has said.
Sound and light shows at various historic places across the country played a vital role in attracting tourists, especially after sunset. Three such would be evening attraction for tourists, the ITDC has said.