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Photos from the fourth day of the Bargarh Dhanu Jatra

Following pictures are taken from http://www.navratnanews.com:

  • Putna & Krishna in Gopa

  • AAsura like Sandha, Truna, Dhenu are getting ready before leaving for Gopa

  • Kingh Kansa in Mathura

  • Krishna & Balaram in Gopa
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December 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Photos from the third day of the Bargarh Dhanu Jatra

Following pictures are taken from http://www.navratnanews.com: 

 

  • Nandotsav at Gopapur

  

  • Bargarh SP Dr Soorya Thankpan IPS innagurating Nandotsav

  • Nandotsav at Gopapur

  • Nanda Raja & Nanda Rani with new born Krishna 

December 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Photos from the second day of the Bargarh Dhanu Jatra

Following pictures are taken from http://www.navratnanews.com:

  •   Inauguration of Rangamahal

  • Maharaja Kansa in Rangamahal

  • Inauguration of Rangamahal  on the eve of Bargarh Dhanu Jatra

  • A dance troup from Titilagarh at Rangamahal on 22st Dec 2009

December 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

Bargarh Dhanu Jatra inaugurated

Following are the pictures from the first day of Dhanu Jatra.  These pictures are taken  from http://www.navratnanews.com: 

December 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

A report on Bargarh Dhanu Jatra

Following is a report from The Samaja:

December 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

Dhanu Yatra 2009 news:Transform “Dhanu Yatra” to an International festival

Following is a report from the orissadiary.com:

Dear Mr. Patnaik,
We are all aware of the Bargarh “Dhanu Yatra” that is observed for eleven days (preceding Pausha Poornima the full moon-day of Pausha in December-January). This festival showcases the spectacular extravaganza the “Dhanu Yatra”.

“Dhanu Yatra” is a theatrical presentation of “Krishna Leela” enacted to bring the old myth alive on locations from the marriage of Devaki with Vasudeva till the death of Kansa as described in our cultural scriptures. The entire episode is re-enacted, blow by blow in the Bargarh “Dhanu Yatra” festival.

Moreover, the natural features of Bargarh region totally conforms that of the location as described in Puranas and the scenes are enacted at different places instead at one place. The city of Bargarh is treated as Mathura. On the outskirts of Bargarh is the river Jeera, to serve as river Yamuna, on the other bank of which is a small village Ambapali to become Gopapur. Even there is a mango groove to serve as Vrindavan and a pond as Lake Kalindi. A gorgeously decorated high rise stage in the heart of Bargarh city is erected to serve as the Durbar of Kansa. A live elephant is engaged for the royal transport. A chariot is made for Akrura’s visit to Gopa to bring Krishna and Balaram to Mathura. In addition, all other scenes are enacted on the natural settings. This festival carries a high-valued message on humanity and spirituality, that is, wins of “Dharma” over “Adharma”.

Sir,

I have been following the news of Bargarh Dhanu Yatra-2010 very closely. As reported in various news papers the ministry of tourism said efforts would be made to make this festival entertaining and attractive to attract foreign tourists (1). I am very much skeptical about this. What the govt. is doing to attract tourists from all part of India and foreign countries?  As per my access nothing much is happening in this front. I would like to highlight following points to make this festival attractive; so that, it can be an international festival.

1. Is the govt. putting enough effort for advertising this unique festival? The Odisha govt. should take proper steps for advertising “Dhanu Yatra” in national and international print and electronic media. This will attract foreign tourists and tourists from all corner of our country.

2. I have not seen any special web site for Bargarh “Dhanu Yatra”. By a little bit of goggling I found few links of Bargarh district web site (bargarh.nic.in/) that writes about Bargarh “Danu Yatra”. Why there is no special web-site for such a great festival? It is necessary to have an e-portal dedicated to “Dhanu Yatra”. It should contain all the information about “Dhanu Yatra”. In addition, it should provide all the necessary information for tourists like hotel information, information on nearest tourist centers etc. If we want “Dhanu Yatra” to be an International festival like “Rath Yatra” we must share information about this spectacular festival with all corners of the world.

3. It is said that more than 14 places of the festival would be decorated in organizing different cultural activities. There are reports that Ambapali (Gopapur) is getting only Rs 50, 000 to organize the festival which is not enough (2). In this context, much more investment is required to transform “Dhanu Yatra” to an international festival.  I hope the state tourism department will look in to this matter immediately. To make this festival world famous, proper investment is required like it is happening in other states like Kerala and Rajasthan.

4. The govt. must organize light-music shows during this festival. This whole region is famous for its unique cultural heritage (songs and dances). Who will forget the famous songs like Rangabati, Panbala Babu, Dalkhai, and Rasarkeli etc? Organizing a light music show will help this region to showcase its cultural-vastness in front of the whole world.

5. It is important to remember that Bargarh “Dhanu Yatra” is the World’s largest Open Air Theater (OAT). This festival must be broadcasted in various national and international channels. Such festivals are very uncommon and we are fortunate that it is happening in our state. As “Dhanu Yatra” is World’s largest Open Air Theater (OAT) a branch of National School of Drama (NSD) can be opened in Bargarh. It will further enhance the cultural activities (viz. Ghumra, Sambalpuri dance, drama, music and movie) in the entire region. This will definitely boost the tourism of the state and impact the socioeconomic status of this area.

“Dhanu Yatra” is the World’s largest Open Air Theater (OAT). It has all the potential to become a world famous festival like “Rath Yatra”. I sincerely, hope that the Odisha govt. will take all the necessary step to make “Dhanu Yatra” an international festival. Especially, this is very important as Bargarh gears up for the silver jubilee celebration of much awaited Dhanu Yatra (3).

Thanking you with best regards,

Sanjib

References:

1.http://www.dailypioneer.com/214748/Dhanu-Yatra-to-draw-world-tourists-says-Health-Minister.html

2. http://www.orissasambad.com/news_article.php?id=12059

3. http://www.dailypioneer.com/216751/Briefly.html


Dr.Sanjib Kumar Karmee, PhD
Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry group
Department of Biotechnology
Delft University of Technology
Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft,
The Netherlands
www.bt.tudelft.nl/boc

December 4, 2009 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Dhanu Yatra 2009 news: NRO’s appeal to govt; tranform Bargarh “Dhanu Jatra” to an international festival

Following is a report from Tathya.in:

A festival is a catalyst.

Yet, if it has to be sustained and grown into a movement, it could be a major source of tourist dollars, feel experts in the field of tourism.

Take the case of Dhanu Jatra of Bargarh. Western Odisha’s major festival’s strength need to be made into formal tourist attractions, and marketed in a coordinated manner,feel experts in Tourism Sector.

Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister Tourism also thinks on that line. Similar is the thinking of Prasanna Achrya, Minister Health & Family Welfare.

Both the Ministers have discussed the matter at length and want it to showcase as a major international tourism event. However Department of Tourism has not tried to project the event to the international tourists.

Sanjib Kumar Karmee, who has seen various parts of the world strongly feel that it can be turned as an international event. Dr.Karmee, a leading Non Resident Odia(NRO) feels that the Dhanu Jatra, a spectacular cultural extravaganza that is observed for eleven days in December-January has all the ingredients of an international festival.

This festival is a theatrical presentation of “Krishna Leela” enacted to bring the old myth alive on locations from the marriage of Devaki with Vasudeva till the death of Kansa as described in our cultural scriptures.

The entire episode is re-enacted, blow by blow in the Bargarh “Dhanu Jatra” festival. Moreover, the natural features of Bargarh region totally conforms that of the location as described in Puranas and the scenes are enacted at different places instead at one place.

The city of Bargarh is treated as Mathura. On the outskirts of Bargarh is the river Jeera, to serve as river Yamuna, on the other bank of which is a small village Ambapali to become Gopapur.

Even there is a mango groove to serve as Vrindavan and a pond as Lake Kalindi. A gorgeously decorated high rise stage in the heart of Bargarh city is erected to serve as the Durbar of Kansa. A live elephant is engaged for the royal transport. A chariot is made for Akrura’s visit to Gopa to bring Krishna and Balaram to Mathura. In addition, all other scenes are enacted on the natural settings.

So this Jatra can be packaged in an imaginative way and can be marketed as an international tourism attraction, said Suresh Prasad Padhy, Collector Bargarh.

Sources close to Mr.Padhy said the District Administration is planning for a webpage especially for Dhanu Jatra, which will attract attention of netizens.

Odisha, itself, blessed with a fantastic diversity of natural wonders, we need to exploit only a few places. Puri-Konark-Bhubaneswar probably account for the lion’s share of the State tourism industry, at the international level at least.

It is high time that towns in Western Odisha and events, which have basic ingredients that can make them tourist destinations of international standards need to be taken care of, said Dr.Karmee.

December 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

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