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Kansa’s death wraps up 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra

Curtains came down on the 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra here on Tuesday. The festival ended with the death of tyrannical King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna and coronation of Ugrasen. Around 3,000 artistes of 120 cultural troupes from across the country performed in the Dhanu Yatra this time.

During Dhanu Yatra, Bargarh transforms into Mathura. River Jeera symbolically represents river Yamuna and Ambapali, which is located on the other side of the river Jeera, turns into Gopapur.

The tyrannical rule of Kansa, his death and the ‘Balya Leela’ of Lord Krishna are enacted at 14 main places in Mathura and Gopapur.

The final act presented Lord Krishna, accompanied by brother Balaram, entering the court of Kansa in a beautifully decorated chariot. Earlier, at the invitation of Kansa, Lord Krishna was brought to Mathura along with Balaram by Akrura, Minister of Kansa, to participate in Dhanu Yatra.

A worried Kansa lost his senses after being informed that Krishna was fast approaching his Raj Durbar to participate in Dhanu Yatra. Though Kansa went berserk, he tried to put up a brave front. After a brief battle, the bulky tyrant tumbled down the stairs of his Durbar. An effigy of Kansa was burnt to mark the end of his tyrannical rule. Lakhs of visitors from across the Sate thronged the festival venue.

Meanwhile, experts in Bargarh opined that since the inception of Dhanu Yatrra, youths of a particular caste are playing the role of Lord Krishna.

“Though Krishna belonged to the milkman community (Gouda) in mythology, his character is always enacted by children of a particular caste. There is no dearth of youngsters in Gouda community here (Ambapali). But, they never get a chance to play Krishna’s role on stage,” experts alleged.

The residents of Amapali turn vegetarians during Dhanu Yatra. Since Lord Krishna and Balaram put up at Amapali during the yatra, locals refrain from having non-vegetarian food as a mark of respect.

Rehearsals going on for Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra New Kansa Bhubaneswar PradhanWith the 11-day Dhanu Yatra barely a week away, rehearsals are going on in full swing for the final show. It is considered to be the largest open-air theatre festival of the world, which will begin from December 23.

This year, 55-year-old Bhubaneswar Pradhan of village Sarla in the district will perform the role of Kansa, the main protagonist of the Yatra. Bhubaneswar, who is owner of an opera party, was selected after an audition conducted by four-member team of jury on November 28. The rehearsal for the Yatra began on December 6 at Kalyan Mandap here.

Ashok Behera, who is the director, said the rehearsal was at its peak. The rehearsals are likely to end on December 19. “All the artistes, including Bhubaneswar, are performing well and they have already completed two rounds of rehearsal,” Behera added.

Speaking about his efforts, Bhubaneswar said he was trying his best to do justice to his character. Around 40 artistes, including musicians, are participating in the rehearsals for five hours every day. The theme of the festival has been influenced by ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’. The enactment of Day One begins with Kansa’s accession to throne and concludes with ‘Kansa Badha’ (death of Kansa) at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna on the last day of the festival.

Three farmers end life in seven days in Bargarh

Farmers frustrated with government officials’ non-response to their grievances on Tuesday set acres of paddy crop in Odisha’s Bargarh district as a mark of protest.

According to reports, the farmers had procured pesticide from government agencies to protect their crop. However, they found the pesticide of very low quality and failing to prevent the pests from eating out standing crop. The farmers again drew the attention of the district administration to the problem.

However, as no response positive response came from the government side, as many as 10 farmers on Tuesday morning set their crop fire. “Farmers of Bargarh have been complaining about the quality of the pesticide since long and demanding interventions by the government agencies but to no available. This government is totally apathetic towards the farmers,” said Seshadeba Nanda, a noted farmers leader.

Agriculture minister Dr Damodar Rout remained incommunicado for his comment. At least three farmers in Baragarh district have committed suicide in the past seven days due to crop loss.

Naveen announces Rs 1250 crore canal project for Bargarh

Ahead of the by-election to Bijepur Assembly constituency, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced an underground pipeline irrigation project at an estimated cost of Rs 1250 crores in Bargarh district.

The project, which would be the first of its kind with the underground pipeline in the country, will be named as Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.

The project will irrigate a gross command area of about 32, 000 hectares including 25,600 hectares in khariff and 7, 000 hectares in Rabi season in Bijepur area, one of the drought-prone region of the district.

“The project will pump water from Baragarh main canal through an 18 km long underground rising main pipeline, where irrigation will be provided through underground pipelines based distribution system with outlets for every four hectares of land”, said the Chief Minister.

The project will utilise latest technologies in irrigation and will be developed as a model project for the entire country, he claimed.

“My Government accords topmost priority to agriculture. We are on course to create an additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares in the state during the five years period by 2019,” said the Chief Minister.

65 persons arrested for torching police station

AT least 65 persons have been arrested by Bargarh Police for their alleged involvement in two separate cases of arson and road blockade on Thursday. On February 19, 48 persons including 20 women had set a police station on fire over death of a boy and subsequently, 17 more persons had staged road blockade over the same issue. All of them were produced in the court of the Additional District Judge and remanded in judicial custody.

A four-year-old boy Piyush Jain went missing mysteriously while playing outside his home at Melchhamunda on February 8. Although his family members searched for him, they could not find Piyush and lodged a missing complaint with Melchhamunda police station. Police had formed a squad to trace the child till his decomposed body was recovered from Kalangadera near Para village under Bijepur police limits in the district on February 18.

Situation flared up on February 19 when the body of the child reached Melchamunda. An irate mob torched the Melchamuda police station and two police vehicles accusing cops of inaction and demanding the arrest of the accused involved in the crime. Later, they resorted to blockade of road connecting Sohela with Padmapur, part of the Biju Expressway at Melchhamunda, holding back the body.

Padampur SDPO, Laxmi Narayan Panda said while the 48 arrested have been charged under section 147/148/395/342/294/353/336/307/506 of IPC besides 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act, 3 PDPP Act, 3 SC/ST Act; the 17 persons arrested for road blockade have been booked under section 143/283/147/149 IPC and 7 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act.