06 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: The lively crowd attending Day 6 of the inaugural edition of .FEST (Bhubaneswar City Festival) witnessed a splendid opening act by talented Odisha born singer, Rojalin Sahu followed by captivating performance by Indian music composer, producer and singer Clinton Cerejo and the band on the Coke Studio stage.
Clinton, who has been prominently featured on the Coke Studio platform for years performed different genres including Rock, Pop, Bollywood and more at .FEST. With successful hits like ‘Madari’, ‘Baina’ and ‘Pinjra’ and many more, the multi-award winning music composer and his band received an incredible response from the audiences who enjoyed every minute of the musical journey at the festival.
One of the main highlights for today was the launch of BhuFeSto – International Storytelling Festival which kicked off to a packed audience with hundreds of people attending every session. All three venues - Indira Gandhi Park, Kharavela Park and Buddha Jayanti Park - received tremendous response.
The sign language storytelling session at Indira Gandhi Park witnessed around 200 Deaf children enjoying the session hosted by Nita Gopalakrishnan and Deepa Kiran. Other children were also sensitized to the issue and introduced to basics in sign language like ‘hello’, ‘how are you’. This was followed by a session hosted by French puppeteer, Sabrina Arusam who kept the children and adults captivated till the very end by getting theme to interact with the puppet. Famous television personality, Usasi Mishra did a storytelling in Odia which delighted the audience.
Kharavela Park echoed with young voices rhyming to ittikili-mittikill and shouting dham-dham, knock-knock, and every possible sound. People visiting the park couldn’t resist the fun and joined in to hear the storytellers too. Ravindra Kumar made everyone brain storm with an impromptu quiz for the kids. Vividha from Indore told funny stories about Molla Nasraddin, a hilarious, witty, clumsy philosopher of the 13th century, followed by thoughtful stories with a message like values of life and importance of learning by doing. This session ended with a musical note performed by Deevyam, Asit and Faisal.
BhuFeSto at Buddha Jayanti Park was unique as well. Argentinian Paula Martin’s stories from her homeland gave new thought of expression to the Indian audience. They found themselves enthralled by the instruments used to communicate the feeling behind the stories like Ronroco, Sikus, Kazoo, Wind affects, cans and more which were brought by Paula from her homeland. Storyteller Lopamudra engaged the audience with fun activities and various dance and music forms. The third storyteller, Prachitara enacted stories with unique and different costumes and accessories with a social message and delivered moral values for the audience as a take away.
Turning out in a plenty for the evening event, the festival continues to offer visitors a one of a kind experience with its International Street Food Festival. Response from visitors has been overwhelming as they are getting to taste cuisines from all over the world at just one place.
On Friday, 7th December 2018, .FEST is set to host IIT graduate-turned-stand-up comedian, Biswa Kalyan Rath, a total laughter riot. Opening his act will be actor and writer, Kumar Varun and comedian Rohit Swain who are bound to leave the audiences in splits. So brace yourself for great standup acts filled with hilarious narratives and witty punchlines.