04 February 2019
Rourkela: Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) in association with Tourism Department recently organized the First-ever Brahmani River Festival in the city with much fervor. This mega event kick started from 1st till 3rd of February 2019 at Bir Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela.
The event was inaugurated by Dilip Tirkey, Chairman OTDC, Subrat Tarai, MLA, Raghunathpalli, Mangala Kishan, MLA, Rajgangpur, Sarada Prasad Nayak, Chairman, RDA, and Santosh Amat, Chairman, SDC Rashmita Panda, Comissioner, RMC.
A series of exciting events and activities took place in this 3-day fest making it entertaining as well as indulging for the citizens. The event was based on three different themes on each day. Day one was dedicated to the martyrs of our soil, whereas day two was on the theme of women, and the third day was for the children.
Celebrity singers from Bollywood and Ollywood like Vinod Rathod, Rituraj Mohanty, Ananya Sritam Nanda, Indian Idol fame, Amrita Bharati and Biswajit Mahapatra alongside Mantu Chhuria with eminent artists from different backgrounds like IGT fame, Prince Dance Group and Suchitra Mahasweta among others, performed live on stage and enthralled the audience in this cultural extravaganza. The local cultural groups had also showcased their talents in this mega event.
Arvind Mishra, 46, a resident of koel nagar area of the city said, this city fest really lit up the charm of the city with such great arrangement of a variety of events & activities. This fest has something to provide for everyone, kids and adults alike.
Huge turnaround of people was witnessed at the event which exponentially grew in numbers by the concluding day, making it a great success for the first ever city fest. As many as 27 artists and troupes gave around 39 performances in the 3-day event which was attended by approximately 30,000 residents of Smart City Rourkela.
The crowd seemed specially attracted towards the model tribal village set up at the venue, which had turned into a selfie and photography zone for the denizens. The model village beautifully showcased the rich culture and tradition of the tribes, which was a treat to the eyes for both young and old.
The Brahmani River Festival concluded on a high note as the people of Rourkela had a great time enjoying at the event with music, dance, food, play and heritage at one destination with their family and friends. “We’ll hopefully see the event to grow bigger and better in coming years, making the Rourkelites proud of their annual city festival,” said Rashmita Panda, Commissioner, RMC.