Cuttack: The historic Bali Yatra was inaugurated by Odisha Legislative Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro this evening at Gadagadia ghat in Cuttack city. Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The opening ceremony was attended by Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain, Housing And Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena, Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panighrahi, Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab and Barabati-Cuttack MLA Mohammed Moquim.
This year four pandals have been set up for cultural programmes at the fair. Colourful inaugural programmes will be held at Baishnab Pani manch.
Sona Mohapatra, Ruturaj Mohanty, Daler Mehndi, KK, Ira Mohanty and other prominent singers will enthral visitors with their colourful performances on different days of the 8-day festival.
Sona Mohapatra has tweeted:
So excited to be headlining the @CtcBalijatra concert stage. This is one of Asia’s largest gatherings & a historic celebration that has happened over centuries.Proud to be part of this cultural festival! @odisha_tourism @InvestInOdisha #ImWearing an
Odia Handloom Tussar Sari 👇🏾 pic.twitter.com/vHA3qVIs3f
— ShutUpSona (@sonamohapatra) November 12, 2019
Power-packed performances will be organised each day starting from 12-19th November at Bali Yatra ground in four pandals on the banks of river Mahanadi.