Lawyers Raise Voice for Govt Delay on HC Bench

Lawyers of Sambalpur have expressed their displeasure over the State Government’s silence on High Court bench issue. They have resolved to intensify their agitation over the issue.

An emergency meeting of the Sambalpur District Bar Association was held on Friday to discuss the State Government’s stand on the demand to send a comprehensive proposal to the Law Ministry on establishment of permanent bench of the High Court in Western Odisha.

The lawyers also urged the Central Action Committee of All Western Odisha Bar Association to convene a meeting of the executive committee and chart out future course of action over the demand. It was resolved that action committee of SDBA would seek support of all political parties and socio-cultural organisations and work out a strategy to get the demand fulfilled. It urged the Government and the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court to take appropriate steps to meet the demand.

Earlier, the SDBA had set a deadline of December 31 for the Government to submit comprehensive proposal to Law Ministry over demand and expedite the matter. They had threatened stir if the Government fails to submit comprehensive proposal before the deadline.

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Russian dancers mesmerise Bargarh audience

Bargarh Dhanu Yatra is a combination of the traditional dramatic form and cultural extravaganza where classical and folk dances are performed to entertain the audience. While the heroic dialogues of King Kansa all through the 11-day-long Yatra are attractive and energetic for the audiences, the dances of all forms are also equally entertaining and enjoyable.

This year, the Yatra organisers have gone a step further with inclusion of five lady dancers from Russia and Rostov who performed both classical and folk dances on Ranga Mahal in ‘Mathura Nagari’ (Bargarh town) as well as on Nanda Mandap of ‘Gopapur’ (village Ambapali).

Three young women dancers from Russia, Valentina, Martha and Maria, as part of cultural exchange, performed Dalkahi, Rasarkeli and Odishi on Ranga Mahal of Kansa Maharaja. At the same time, two other lady dancers from Rostov (a part of the formerly USSR)- Elyonora and Angelina also performed Bharat Natyam on Nanda Mandap at Gopapur.

“Their talent and skill in the Indian dance form is incredible. They are as efficient as the Indian dancers,” commented Surendra Hota.  Within a very short period of time, these foreign dancers have captured the skill, posed for dance and presented it flawlessly, Hota commented. “From their adroit presentation and intricate footwork, no one can feel that they are just amateurs but apt professionals,” said another organiser Sureswar Satapathy.

Dalkahi, Rasarkeli, Odissi and Bharat Natyam from these Russian and Rostov dancers were highly appreciated by all those who witnessed the dances on Ranga Mahal and Nanda Mandap, the organisers admitted. “We are highly impressed by Indian culture and dance form. We will also spread it in our country,” Angelina said.

On the contrary, the students of Saraswati Sishu Mandir of Bargarh after being trained by the Russian dancers also presented ‘Balinki Dance,’ a folk dance of Russia on the Ranga Mahal. Meanwhile, in the open theatre of Bargarh, the story of Krishna Leela has been dramatized.

Lord Krishna has taken birth in the Karagara (jail) of Mathura Nagari. He has been also shifted to Gopapura in the midnight. Bijuli Kanya, through ‘Sunya Bani’ (voice from the heaven) has told Kansa that his killer is growing in Gopapura and all his plans to kill Lord Krishna inside the jail would be foiled.

Two Bidders for City Bus Service

After failing to get any takers thrice, the Western Odisha Urban Transport Service Limited (WOUTSL) has finally succeeded in getting positive response from two bidders to the tender extended for the third time seeking partner to operate city bus service on PPP mode.

The tenders are expected to be opened at the earliest and Executive Officer of Sambalpur Municipality, who is also the CEO of WOUTSL, hopes that bus services would be launched soon.

The WOUTSL, which will be in charge of regular management of the buses, had floated tender for the first time on August 20 last year. The last date of receipt of tender was September 20 but no proposal was received forcing the authorities to extend the last date to October 22. Again nobody evinced interest and the last date of receipt of tender was pushed to November 22.

This time also the authorities failed to attract any bidder and yet another extension was made till December 26 which saw two private operators responding to the proposal. Under the project, 18 buses have already reached Bhubaneswar.

Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA), which is also a stakeholder of WOUTSL besides Sambalpur Municipality, Burla and Hirakud NAC, had already paid `1.58 lakh for registration of WOUTSL, but on January 3 it resolved to dole out another `40 lakh. Apart from SDA, Sambalpur Municipality will contribute `40 lakh each while the NACs will have to cough up `10 lakh each as stakeholders.

Currently, the region including Sambalpur town lacks organised inter-city and intra-city transportation. It is managed by several private mini-bus operators besides auto-rickshaws. The services provided by these operators are inadequate, inefficient, irregular and ill managed.

Lack of efficient and adequate public transportation system has led to rapid increase in private vehicles resulting in congestion and pollution.

With a view to provide mobility and an organised and affordable public transport service in the region, WOUTSL was formed to introduce intra-city bus service within Sambalpur and inter-city bus services connecting Sambalpur, Hirakud, Burla, Jharsugda and Bargarh.

Executive Officer of Sambalpur Municipality Aniruddha Padhan said once the tenders will be opened, the technical committee will screen the proposals before a final decision is taken.


  • The region including Sambalpur town lacks organised inter-city and intra-city transportation
  • Lack of public transport has led to rapid increase in private vehicles resulting in congestion and pollution

Bargarh Decked up for Dhanu Yatra

The stage is all set for the 11-day open air theatre Dhanu Yatra to begin from today, Monday.

With the central theme of the festival based on the Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay, the enactment will begin with wedding of King Kansa’s sister Devaki with Basudev followed by his accession to throne dethroning his father Ugrasen and conclude with ‘Kansa Badha’ at the hands of nephew Lord Krishna.

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Considered the biggest open air theatre in Asia, the festival was organised to celebrate the Independence and victory of the good over the evil. Bargarh Municipality limits conforms to Mathura where King Kansa will rule.

River Jeera represents river Yamuna across which is situated village Ambapali which turns into Gopapur where Krishna will be brought up. The festival, which is a synthesis of stage, theatre and cinema, will be held for 11 days preceding the Pousa Purnima. Every year, the organisers add a new dimension to the festival to set aside the monotony and add colour to the festival.

This year, a 250 feet long and 25 feet wide Rangoli was drawn by students from various institutions depicting each aspect of the festival. It was a visual delight as the entire episode of Mathura Vijay and Krishna Leela was depicted frame by frame with multi-coloured Rangoli outside Women’s College here.

kansaBesides, cultural troupes from across the country including traditional dance troupes of the district and the State will perform. This year, dancers from Russia are slated to perform on the stage to entertain King Kansa and they have already reached Bargarh.

Moreover, on the sideline of the festival, a State-level handloom exhibition-cum-sale is jointly organised by Sambalpuri Bastralaya and Development Commissioner for Handloom, Ministry of Textile besides Pallishree Mela. This apart, there will be trade fair and the traditional Meena Bazar complete with joy rides and a variety of utility items on sale.