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famous among the International tourists who come to feel the true essence of Orissa. The Puri Beach Festival unveils the rich cultural History of Orissa to the tourists. It is a secular festival and does not bear any religious colour. People from various background and culture together can enjoy the festive mood of this grand occasion. Different cultural shows take place including traditional dance, music, performing arts etc. The local stalls display intricate handicrafts and hand woven items like Saris, Shawls, Fabrics, Bamboo Baskets and Filigree Works etc. A variety of sports such as Beach kabadi by girls, Country Boat Race among the Nolias (Local Fisherman Folk of Puri), Kick-Boxing, Karate, Indian style of Wrestling, Beach Volley Ball by both boys and girls, Fire Banati and Malkhamb are some of the attractions which would keep both the domestic and the foreign tourists busy and enchanted all through the 5 days of the festival.

Cultural Progrmmes

Besides the sports events the other major attraction is the culture based programmes. Since Orissa is a place with varied culture, the different traditional functions highlighting their culture are displayed in wide forms. Representatives from different parts of the Country participate and perform their own cultural theme which includes Regional Dance, Song, and Orchestra in a lively way. The Great Oddissi dance projecting the saga of widely accepted Ramayana, Mahabharat, Dasavatara, Kanchi Avijana, Glani Sanghara etc. are performed by the well trained established group in dance form. The Marital Art of Mayurbhanj is displayed as Chau Nurtya. Gotipua Dance by the Artist

of Raghurajpur (a village festival. The Paikas of bravery, also perform the

in Puri famous for Pattachitra) is the other attraction of this Khurda who are known in the pages of History for their famous dance Paika Nrutya. In addition to this, participants

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