Dhanu Yatra 2009 news: Bargarh gears up for silver jubilee of Dhanu Yatra

November 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm 5 comments

Following news are from The Pioneer:

The Subha Stambha (holy stone) of the famous Dhanu Yatra to be held here from December 21 to 31, will be set up by District Collector Suresh Prasad Padhi on Friday. At a meeting here on Thursday, he said the Government has sanctioned Rs 2.5 lakh for the festival. More than 14 places of the festival would be decorated in organising different cultural activities. He further stressed on making it more attractive than the previous years. Bargarh SP S Tankaspan said watchtowers would be set up for controlling traffic problem during the festival.

Present at the meeting were ADM Bandhu Billore, Sub-Collector Bishnu Prasad Mishra, BDO Prafulla Dafadar, Tehsildar Rajesh Agrawal, Jambobati Dalai, municipal chairman Sureswar Sathpathy, Harekrushna Pujhari, Shyamsundar Adabar, Kishor Mishra, Subash Chandra Mujamdar, Chandra Jal, Sarbeswar Rath, Sushil Mohapatra, Akrura Mallik and media persons.

The silver jubilee of the Dhanu Yatra Mahotsav at Talpali under Gaisilet block in Bargarh district will be celebrated this year. At a preparatory meeting of the Mahotsav Committee held under the chairmanship of its president Prafulla Kumar Sahu, the organisers , including Narada Bariha, decided to make the event more attractive than the previous years. Present at the meeting were vice-president Prasanna Mohanty, secretary Nilakantha Sahu, treasurer Binayak Guru and other committee members

Entry filed under: Dhanu Jatra, Kosli Culture.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. abhishek  |  December 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    dhanu jatra will be great this year.

  • 2. Madhu  |  December 10, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I am agressively waiting for the great Dhanuyatra this year.Since last 2 years I have not seen Dhanuyatra as I am staying outside Odisha.

  • 3. bijay  |  December 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm




  • 4. RADHESHYAM GURU  |  December 13, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Only a few are aware that Worlds biggest open air theatre (festival) held in a small Village of Talpali in the western part of Orissa. DHANU YATRA MAHOTSAB TALPALI

    The small village, which has a population of about lakh spread over a few square miles, turns in to a unique epic village of Mathura for 11 days festival known locally as Dhanu Yatra.

    Come the month of Pusha (winter, the first half of January), the sleepy village turns festive, the whole town becomes stage where people depict mythology into a religion. The uniqueness of the festival lies in the fact that all the episodes of ‘Kans Vadh’ (The killing of Kans) takes place in different parts of the village making it the largest open air theatre in the world.

    Interestingly, the people in the state as well as inside their houses become artist, the satellite settlements near by villages, rivers and buildings takes on classical names as they were known in the age of Mahabharat. A visitor at this time may be pardoned for thinking that he has, by mistake got into a time machine which has transported him backward.
    During the festival Talpali awakes to the vibrations of drums, bugles and Khuntapali. “For 11 days we forget todays orissa”, who is happy that bewildered truck,bus drivers on the High Way near the village still ask whether Kans rules in this part of the world.
    Talpali becomes Mathura Puri as in was called some years ago. The neighboring Khuntapali village becomes “Goapa Pur” the place Krishna immortalized with the “Bala Lilla” The small river which flows between Talpali and Khuntapali becomes “Yamuna” for the time being.
    The mood takes over thousands from near by villages who throng the streets of Talpali to enjoy and participate in the cultural drama. The main attraction is Kans whose characterization dominate the festival despite people viewing him as a demon.
    “Begging the role of Kans, is no mean a task, for it means royal living for 11 days and passing orders like a king.

    Interestingly the festival not only  re-enacts mythology but also provide amusements to the people. As Kans goes around the city every day the people regardless of, who they are bow before him. The District Collector and Magistrate, Superintendent of Police and other administrative officials who visit Kans Darbar are treated as the King’s employees and local MLAs, MPs and Ministers are projected as his representatives.
    The festival begins with enactment the grand wedding of devaki and Vasudev, then traces the birth of Krishna and climaxes with Kans’s death.
    The unique extravaganza boasts of a cast that involves virtually everyone in Bargarh.
    The Panchayat Motel turns in the royal palace of Kans and the Durbar is a pandal erected at Talpali High School field the Talpali village. . The most remarkable feature of the Yatra, which hopes to find a place in Guinness Book of World Record is that there are no spectators, rather all are participants in the epic play.
    Kans, astride a decorated elephant, goes on a Nagar Parikrama every morning. During the tour, he imposes fines on businessmen as well as government departments for violation of rules. He also holds a durbar to listen to the grievances of his subjects and reprimands or awards officials, Police, who become his court officials during the festival.
    In short, anyone who dares to cross his path gets the royal rap, no one is spared, the dictatorial power enlivening the whole drama. Anyone can be hauled by the kind, from Chief Minister down to the poor and landless labourers., who attended the yatra was summoned to Kans’s Durbar.
    According to scholars, the origin of “Dhanu Yatra” is obscure. Some say it was very popular in the 18th century while others argue that is started in the 16th century. It is also believed that the yatra was restarted during the British regime.  

  • 5. Navesh-Padampur  |  April 29, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I enjoyed the festival a lot.it is the world bigest open air festival.


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