Odisha (Orissa) Tourist Festivals:
Check out some very famous Odisha (Orissa) Tourist Festivals :
Ekamra Utsav - A lively downtown 15 days festival at Bhubaneswar in early January, Ekamra Utsav is a life time experience for the vacationers. The highlight of the festivities is Mukteswar Dance Festival held on the courtyards of this famed temple where the eminent exponents of Odissi dance enliven the stage with their magical performances. Besides the dance performances, the visitors to Ekamra Utsav are treated to an expo of traditional art and craft, a flower show, a multicultural food court, a heritage walk and the attractive discounts offered by the leading shopping centres to the tourists complement the festival mood. A Half Marathon, the biggest ever in the State, traversing through important intersections of the city will add spice to this year's Utsav.
Shreekshetra Utsav (The Puri Festival) - Puri represents the rich traditions and culture of its people manifested in its various festivals celebrated throughout the year. The two weeks long extravaganza of art and culture Shreekshetra Utsav is an authentic showcase of everything that's Odisha (Orissa), offering handloom, cuisine, dance, music and its famed sand art.
The Kalinga Mahotsav (February) - A festival of Martial Dances at Dhauli, this festival commemorates the victory of Peace over War where renowned dancers perform harmonising the vigour of martial arts with sublime dance forms with their swords, spears and shields. This annual thrilling display of dances and music takes place at the foothill of the famous Peace Pagoda at Dhauli, where Emperor Ashoka is believed to have fought the last battle before his metamorphosis into an apostle of nonviolence and peace.
Rajarani Music Festival( Feb/March) - Against the backdrop of the Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar the musical evenings of this festival are resplendent with performances by eminent instrumentalists and vocalists of India. The festival showcases the glorious tradition of Indian classical music.
The other special festivals include Parab Festival, Mandei Festival and Vedavyas Sangeet Nrutiya Utsav.