RMC Hosts Brahmani Fest

Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC)
 in association with Odisha Tourism recently organized the First-ever Brahmani River Festival  in the city with much fervor.

It was also Sponsored by Odisha Mining Corporation. This mega event organized 1-3 February 2019 at Bir Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela.

The event was inaugurated in the august presence of Dilip Tirkey, Chairman OTDC, Subrat Tarai, MLA, Raghunathpalli, Mangala Kishan, MLA, Rajgangpur, Sarada Prasad Nayak, Chairman, RDA, and Santosh Amat, Chairman, SDC, under the patronage of Rashmita Panda, Comissioner-RMC.
A series of exciting events and activities took place in this 3-day fest making it entertaining as well as indulging for the citizens. The event was based on three different themes on each day. Day one was dedicated to the martyrs of our soil, whereas day two was on the theme of women, and the third day was for the children. 
Celebrity singers from Bollywood & Ollywood like Vinod Rathod, Rituraj Mohanty, Ananya Sritam Nanda, Indian Idol fame, Amrita Bharati and Biswajit Mahapatra alongside Mantu Chhuria with eminent artists from different backgrounds like IGT fame, Prince Dance Group and Suchitra Mahasweta among others, performed live on stage and enthralled the audience in this cultural extravaganza. The local cultural groups had also showcased their talents in this mega event.
Banamali Sahu, of Basanti colony area of the city said, this city fest really lit up the charm of the city with such great arrangement of a variety of events & activities. This fest has something to provide for everyone, kids and adults alike.
Huge turnaround of people was witnessed at the event which exponentially grew in numbers by the concluding day, making it a great success for the first ever city fest. As many as 27 artists and troupes gave around 39 performances in the 3-day event which was attended by approximately 30,000 residents of Smart City Rourkela.
Minerva, a 10-year kid accompanied by her mother was enjoying a lot at the kids’ zone of the event. When asked what she liked at the event, she replied it’s the various fun games at the children’s play area and the tasty food that she had in the food zone.

The crowd seemed specially attracted towards the model tribal village set up at the venue, which had turned into a selfie and photography zone for the denizens. The model village beautifully showcased the rich culture and tradition of the tribes, which was a treat to the eyes for both young and old. The Rourkelites were spoilt for choices in the food zone where they were up for a feast of varied cuisines and delicacies by many popular names from the hospitality industry.
The last evening of this 3-day cultural fest started with lamp lighting by Lingaraj Otta, RCCF, Rourkela, and Dr. Umashankar Dash, SP, Rourkela. Kids from remote tribal areas residing in ANWESHA Hostel, Rourkela, who are a part of the “Read to Lead” campaign run by RMC, were also invited to the stage for lighting  the lamps be in the closing ceremony.
The Brahmani River Festival concluded on a high note as the people of Rourkela had a great time enjoying at the event with music, dance, food,play  and heritage at one destination with their family and friends. We’ll hopefully see the event to grow bigger and better in coming years, making the Rourkelites proud of their annual city festival, said Ms.Panda, Commissioner, RMC.

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