Anurag Bhushan, the Consul General of India was the Chief Guest at the event. The key attraction of the event was Jitendra Haripal, the male voice in the famous and super hit Rangabati Song in Sambalpuri language.
The event began with the rendering of Samalei Bandana. Prayers and the ‘NuaDhan’ were offered to Goddess Samaleswari by Anurag Bhushan and Jitendra Haripal. The inaugural lamp was also lit by both of them.
The Consul General wished the crowd ‘Nuakhai Juhaar’ and began his inaugural address. He appreciated the initiative to organize Nuakhai Bhetghat in the UAE and that he was very happy to see that Western Odisha Community in UAE is preserving their cultural and traditional heritage by organizing such celebrations. He also said that Nuakhai creates bonding and togetherness and he is always happy to associate with this type of cultural and traditional celebration.
To commemorate the event, a desk-top calendar depicting iconic images & culture of Western Odisha was unveiled by Shri Bhushan and Shri Haripal. It was given to all the attendees as a souvenir. Shri Bhushan also felicitated Shri Haripal and his team with mementos.
Jitendra Haripal in his speech said that he was overwhelmed to note that Nuakhai Bhetghat is being organized in the UAE in such a grand way and that everyone was so excited and enthusiastic about it.
The inauguration set off a day long cultural extravaganza. There were fantastic performances by resident Odias of UAE and their children. Sambalpuri dances were performed on popular Sambalpuri songs. Many Sambalpuri songs were also rendered by popular local Odia singers. One of unique programs during the event was the recreation of the famous ‘DhanuYatra’ of Bargarh. It appeared that ‘Kansa Maharaj’ had descended onto UAE. A LIVE performance was performed by Jitendra Haripal and he rendered his famous hit song ‘Rangabati’ which send the crowd into raptures.
The Hon’ble Governor of Odisha Dr. S.C.Jamir and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik greeted the community on Nuakhai and wished the event all success through their written messages.
Video messages from LokaKabi Padmashree Haladhar Nag, acclaimed Bollywood director Padmashree Nilamadhab Panda, acclaimed Actor, Director and Producer Sadhu Meher and Kishore Mohanty, Chairman, Western Odisha Development Council were also played out before the audience.
Over 250 audiences were attended the occasion and enjoyed all the Sambalpuri performances at the event.