BHUBANESWAR: The 14th Raahgiri Day celebrations focused on works and achievements of the legendary Biju Patnaik to mark the 19th death anniversary of the statesman.
Students of city-based BK Art College presented a painting of Patnaik to Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda while other organisations made art forms depicting the former chief minister’s contributions to the nation.
‘Art ya Craft’, NKBT and other groups created rangoli and paintings on Patnaik. Kidzee school students performed on the campaign ‘Save Girl Child’ while those of Sai International School presented a group musical performance on stage.
With the theme ‘Old is Gold’, Ama Kalakar Parivar team gave a live rendition on several Bollywood numbers of yesteryears. Jai Odisha group, which is managing the cycle-riding part on behalf of BMC, set up more cycle registration kiosks keeping in mind the swelling number of bicycling enthusiasts. In previous editions of Raahgiri, participants had to wait in long queues for cycles.
Authorities of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation wrapped up all events of Raahgiri within two hours due to heat wave conditions prevailing in the City. The timings for the Sunday event will be 6.30 am to 8.30 am till the temperature drops, Nodal Officer for Raahgiri BS Chainy said.