24 December 2019
Berhampur: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated Gopalpur Belabhumi Mahotsav (Beach Festival)-2019 festival here on Tuesday. The five-day annual fest was launched in the presence of Assembly Speaker Surjya Patro, State ministers, MPs and local MLAs.
The visitors and guests witnessed enthralling folk dances amid blowing of conch and rhythms of cymbals on the opening day. Famous playback singer Sonu Nigam was the major attraction. A large number of people, from across the State and outside, thronged the town to attend the festival.
Around 30 platoons (each platoon comprises over 30 personnel) of police force have been deployed for the festival to prevent any untoward incident. Around 100 closed circuit cameras were installed at the site to keep a vigil on anti-social activities.
The festival is set to roll out a variety of programmes including folk dance and music, classical as well as the modern dances by renowned artists and groups from across the state and outside.
Special attraction of the festival will be performance by a number of Bollywood and Ollywood stars. While the golden beach was agog with visitors, old churches in and around Berhampur and Gopalpur were decorated with glittering lights on Christmas eve.
For the first time, the event will showcase activities and performances even during day time. During the extravaganza, people will witness a feast of hit songs and dances, including folk, classical as well as modern from artistes not only in India, but from Russia as well.