Bhubaneswar: The 21st Patha Utsav on April 16 will have a special display of rescue operations by the personnel of Odisha Fire Service. The awareness-cum display of the various procedures used by the fire-fighting personnel would be organised on the occasion of the National Fire Service Week, which falls between April 14 and April 20.
Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Deputy Fire Officer, Bhubaneswar said, “Fire fighting is more effective when the people affected by it are cooperating and when they understand the basic facts and precautionary measures and act. During this activity we are going to not only make people aware, but let them know, how they should make them prepared for similar crisis or any natural calamities in future as to remain future-ready is the best way to face a disaster.”
The fire-fighting event will include activities relating to common fire-fighting, in multi-storeyed apartment, different extinguishers and the associated rescue process for other natural disasters like cyclones, flood and the exclusive Bronto Skylift, with capability to go higher and extinguish fire will be put to use for display among the general mass.
However, besides this major attraction, Odisha Modern Art Gallery, the first private art gallery of the city in Forest Park, will come up with clay modelling through terracotta method, pottery with the help of the potter’s wheel and painting by the participants.
Cristeena Biju, the finalist in the Fashion Bib Bazar Femina Miss India from Odisha, will be volunteering at the Bakul Library on the Road. Biju, who is a student at National Institute of Fashion Technology, will be telling stories and conducting art and craft sessions.
After a long gap yoga will return to Patha Utsav and during the last several events there was no participation by any institution promoting yoga. On April 16 Patanjali Yoga will organise a yoga camp at Patha Utsav to inspire visitors to practise yoga and stay healthy. It can be mentioned here that yoga works as an efficient de-stressing alternative.
Similarly, other organisations like Women In Society Help (WISH) will organise street plays based on the theme “Asa ame sikhibu Odia bhasha” (Come, let us learn Odia language) for an social awareness on the mother tongue.
Another city-based organisation Help Mate will organise awareness on HIV and AIDS by staging street plays at Patha Utsav.
Art and craft organisations like India Craft Nation, Maavni and social service organisations like PECUC, Manab Adhyan Kendra will also participate with their respective themes.
In the music segment usual players like Shakuntala Music and Ama Kalakar Parivar and young talents from the city will perform at two stages, one in front of Hotel Swosti and the other in front of Marion.
The skating, cycling, dancing sections will also be there to attract the people towards the non-motorised transport (NMT) concept as Patha Utsav was conceived with a motto to make citizens healthy and smart.