Odisha plans Hirakud Mahostav on Mahanadi river bank
Sambalpur: In a bid to boost tourism potential of the western region of Odisha, full of natural beauty, the State Government has planned a festival on the lines of Konark Dance Festival and Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav at Hirakud Dam Reservoir here in February next year, an official said. The Tourism Department of Odisha Government will organise the festival, Hirakud Mahotsav, along the Hirakud Reservoir on the bank of Mahanadi, the longest river of the State.
A decision to organise the festival has already been taken by the Government, the official said.
“We also received a letter in this regard recently. Though the 3-day-long festival has been planned to be organised near Hirakud Reservoir, the exact venue for the festival is yet to be finalised,” he said.
Official sources said since Hirakud Reservoir is one of the most beautiful places of this region, the State Government has planned to organise the festival along the reservoir. The objective of the festival is to promote art and culture of Western Odisha besides attracting tourists from across the country.
The festival will bring together classical, folk, martial and contemporary genres of arts on one platform. It will be held at a particular time every year. Eminent artistes, besides cultural teams from across the country, will be invited to take part in Hirakud Mahotsav.
An official of the Tourism department said apart from the golden triangle, Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark, there is huge potential for tourism in Western Odisha and the State Government is now laying focus on Western Odisha to boost tourism.
The beauty of Hirakud Dam Reservoir attracts thousands of tourists from across the region and from neighbouring States. To attract tourists, the Tourism department has already started water sports at the scenic Hirakud Dam Reservoir.
The State Government also organised Eco-Retreat along the reservoir last year and it received an overwhelming response. And now a decision has been taken for Hirakud Mahotsav. It will certainly boost tourism and help in attracting more numbers of tourists to this place, he said.