BHAWANIPATNA: The Kalahandi Utsav Ghumura-2015, a platform to showcase cultural and developmental activities of the district, concluded at Lalbahdur Sastri Stadium here on Saturday. This year, the four-day festival received around one lakh footfall each day. Pallishree Mela and KBK Craft Mela made a daily business of `one crore.
Addressing the valedictory function at Rindo Majhi Manch, Minister for Panchayati Raj and Law Arun Kumar Sahu hailed the rich cultural heritage of Kalahandi and its contribution to enrich folk culture of Odisha.
Mahari dance troupe from Puri and Prince dance group from Kalahandi performed on the valedictory night. Several prominent persons of Kalahandi were felicitated for their contribution in the fields of literature, agriculture and social work. Last Maharaja of Kalahandi was awarded Kalahandi Ratna posthumously. A souvenir Kalajharan was also released on the occasion.
Kalahandi Utsav was also simultaneously organised at Lalbahadur stadium of Bhawanipatna and in the Panchayat field of Dharmagarh. Competitions in archery, boating, mini marathon, volleyball, badminton, kabaddi, kho kho and tennis were organised. An exhibition of folk art was main attraction of the Utsav.
Around 180 poets recited poems in the Kabi Sammilani organised on the occasion. A photo feature exhibition ‘Namaste Kalahandi’ was another attraction of the Utsav at Dharamgarh.