In peak winter, tourists throng Daringibadi, the picturesque hill town of Kandhamal district, to witness snow flakes as the place is aptly called the Kashmir of Odisha. But lack of infrastructure has been the major stumbling block in the way of tourist inflow.
The town received a tourism boost with the chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday opening a tribal museum at the hill-view park and laying foundation stone of a nature camp, an ecotourism project. The government has given much emphasis on development of tourism and horticulture in Kandhamal, said the chief minister.
Tribal dress, ornaments and musical instruments of Kandha and Kutia Kandha tribes have been displayed in the museum. Kutia Kandhas, one of the particularly vulnerable tribal groups, reside in Belaghara while Kandhas are found in almost all areas of the district.
The museum has been built on 1,100-sqft with an investment of Rs 30 lakh by the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Baliguda. Almost all the exhibits have been collected from the tribals. Some more attractive items will be added to the museum soon, said Ramesh Chandra Behera, an official of ITDA, Baliguda.
Besides enjoying the nature’s bounty, one can witness the tribal customs in Daringibadi, a tourist destination, he added.
The nature camp, adjoining the existing nature park, is proposed to be set up with an investment of Rs 1.10 lakh by the forest department. The camp will have six cottages, a restaurant and facilities for trekking to the forests, said divisional forest officer (DFO), Baliguda, Kartik V.
Sprawled over four hectares, the nature park was developed by the forest department six months ago with an investment of Rs 55 lakh. The park has butterfly park, medicinal garden, 3D movie halls and display of lifesize images of wild animals apart from a peep into the traditions of Kutia Kandhas.
With these facilities, the tourism in the town will receive a major boost, said collector (Kandhamal) Reghu G. Generally the visitors throng the hill town during the peak winter to enjoy its cool climate.
The butterfly park, second of its kind in the state after Nandanakanan, has at least 15 host plants. While the butterfly park at Nandanakanan is a closed one, Daringibadi park is an open one, first of its kind in the state, said the DFO. Similarly, around 50 medicinal plant species have been planted in the medicinal garden.
November 7, 2016 at 8:42 am sanjibkarmee
Following report is taken from http://odishawatch.in:
In the month of Aswina, on the Mahaastami day of Durga Puja, people of Western Orissa celebrate Bhai Juntia. A total fasting is observed by young girls and women for the entire day and night to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga for amelioration and long life of their brothers. In villages young girls usually dance in small groups during this celebration which is known as Dalkhai dance. Dalkhai is a ritual-based folk dance which is accompanied by several musical instruments as well.
Dalkhai is basically a folk deity. Her abode is known as Dalkhai kuthi. The name Dalkhai is derived from the name of the deity as the dance is performed in her name. In the past, people worshipped the jungle deity to protect themselves from the wild animals and other dangers. Afterwards the deity became synonymous with Durga or Bana Durga. Usually through this dance they pray for the general happiness of the family and the village as a whole.
On the Durga Astami day young girls assemble on the bank of a river or a pond to take bath. One of them brings seven palm-full of sands and built a small platform for worship, they put four mango leaf and place burning wicks on them. This ritual is repeated seven times as seven girls bring palm-full of water and follow the same ritual. Thereafter prayers are offered to goddess Dalkhai for the well-being of their brothers. This is followed by songs and dances, where all the people – young or old – participate with equal enthusiasm. Earlier during the dance, young girls and boys join together in a question answer session.
In the afternoon, at Pantibela, all the girls assemble near the Dalkhai Kuthi with their baskets containing sand and other materials for worship. Some of them get dressed like Parvati and Iswara, while the rest of them carry umbrella, a stick and a water jug (Kalsi). In a procession they move to seven houses and come back to the Dalkhai Kuthi. Inside the Dalkhai Kuthi they perform several acts of the mythology. One of them acts as Bhima and some other act as Kubera. Bhima brings paddy from Kubera and sows it in the field. Songs and dances enacting various scenes from the mythology are essential part of Dalkhai.
Returning home the girls prepare for further rituals. They prepare leaf cups containing piece of sugarcane, yellow thread called 멽ita?, 108 pieces of duba (evergreen grass), 108 pieces of unbroken rice; along with it small branches of Amla and Dahana (a sweet smelling leaf), puffed rice and dhup are placed. Separate leaf cups are arranged for each brother.
After taking bath in the river bank they prepare platform for worship. Fruits like ladies finger, frankincense (Kunduru) etc. are placed as offerings to the goddess Dalkhai. Then they change their clothes and carry their baskets and assemble near the Dalkhai Kuthi. They collect seven clay statues of Parvati, Iswara, Ganesha, Tortoise and Bull are placed inside the Dalkhai Kuthi. The ritual starts with Dhunkel and Bharni beat of the dhol. It is often seen that a person becomes possessed by a spirit of one of the deities. The villagers ask several questions regarding the wellbeing of the village. The ritual then comes to an end.
On the ninth day, all the girls again assemble near the Dalkhai Kuthi. After collecting all the articles used for the ritual on the previous day, they move in a procession accompanied by drumming of dhol and nissan to seven houses and then to the river bank to immerse all the articles. After taking bath they return home, and the 108 dub, 108 rice and yellow thread are offered to their brothers. Till the end of the tenth day of Dasahara, they are engrossed in Dalkhai dance. The entire village plunges into an energetic mood by the intoxicating effect of the melodious song and dance.
Dalkhai is performed as a ritual, whereas dance and song remains its principal interest. The dancers stand in a semi-circular formation during the dance. One after another they sing a couplet and at the end of it they dance in a particular way by bending at the waist level and move their feet rhythmically accompanied by musical instruments.
During the song dhol is played and subsequently other musical instruments like Nishan, Tasha, Jhanj and Muhari are accompanied.
The songs are composed from couplets to sixteen lines. The singer begins the song uttering “Dalkahi Re, Dalkahi Re” (twice) and finishes the lines with another pronouncement of “Dalkahi Re”. Mostly the songs are of romantic themes. At times one can find the description of nature, seasons, gods and goddesses; sometimes satire and teasing also. The singers have to depend entirely on their memory while rendering the songs – presence of mind comes handy.
During rendering Dalkhai usually Raserkeli, Mailajada, Jaiphul are also rendered. The lyrical depiction of Rasarkeli, MaelaJada and Jaiphula may look similar with Dalkhai. However, the song and rhythm of drums has different beats and style.
Dilip Kumar Padhi VU2DPI
October 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm sanjibkarmee
A large number of poor people from Nuapada, Kalahandi, Balangir, Sonepur and Bargarh districts are working as rickshaw puller and daily laborer in Raipur and other cities of Chatisgad. These people prefer to work in Raipur, and not in Bhubaneswar because of ease of language understanding.
The current Odisha government should try to resolve the Mahanadi issue by dialogue through proper channel. Unnecessary blocking of trains, and violent protests against Chatisgad will create problem for poor Koshali people living in Raipur and other cities.
CM Naveen Patnaik must resolve this matter with utmost care!
August 14, 2016 at 9:45 am sanjibkarmee