Bhubaneswar: More than 20,000 enthusiastic early risers thronged the second Patha Utsav for the .FEST (Bhubaneswar City Festival) on the streets of Janpath today.
Patha Utsav – Temple City’s popular cultural street extravaganza, witnessed visitors participating in the activities centered on the concept of non-motorised transport (NMT) and healthy lifestyle.
Today’s PathaUtsav was themed around celebrating Khadi and Cottage Industries. The Khadi and Cottage Industries Corporation showcased their rich heritage to the public near their campus.
The showcase included live traditional spinning, traditional weaving, machine spinning, potter’s wheel, the traditional method of oil pressing (Ghani), apiculture and tie & dye methods used by traditional weavers of Odisha to create beautiful fabrics, popular across the globe.
While the breathtaking performance of Prince Dance Group was also a centre of attraction, songs by Rosalin Sahu also stole the hearts at the street festival of the Temple City.
Among other prominent attractions at Patha Utsav today, there was a beautiful street mural created by artists from Nirmala Kruti Bikas Trust (NKBT) which had the flags of 16 nations participating in the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup – 2018 displayed through a beautiful `rangoli’.
Dilip Patnaik, from NKBT, said, “Today’s `rangoli’ is a grand tribute to the spirit of hockey and the state’s contribution towards the growth, popularity, and spread of the game in every nook and corner of Odisha. We also painted a `rangoli’ portrait of our honorable Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.’’
Other attractions on Janpath during the day was the cycles deployed at “Mo Cycle” stall, which attracted huge footfall and people from all age groups used the service of “Mo Cycle” and enjoyed their rides along the prescribed pathways.