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Light and sound show to add glitter to Odisha’s Dhauli on Rath Yatra

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 11:

One of the three proposed light and sound shows to be commissioned at three tourist sites in Odisha will see the light of the day finally. The light and sound show project at Peace Pagoda at Dhauli will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and state Tourism and Culture Minster Ashok Panda on July 18 coinciding with the Nabakalebara Rath Yatra.

The White Pagoda at Dhauligiri on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar  commemorates the Kalinga War in 3rd century BC
The White Pagoda at Dhauligiri on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar commemorates the Kalinga War in 3rd century BC

“A New Delhi-based company Tri Colour India has undertaken the commissioning of the light and sound project. The Culture Department has directed the company to finish the work by July 15,” State tourism director Anil Kumar Samal said.

The project is in its final stages and the experts are working overtime to meet the deadline. It has been decided to make the show operational by July 18 as the tourist footfall is expected to rise significantly after the Nabakalebara festival.

Leading actors from the film industry would lend their voice for the show. While Bollywood actor Om Puri will render his voice for the Hindi script, actor Kabir Bedi will render his voice for the English version and veteran Ollywood actor Bijay Mohanty would do the honours for the Odia version.

The 35 minute show would revolve around the Kalinga War, its aftermath, transformation of Chandasoka to Dharmasoka and the propagation of Buddhism from the land of Kalinga to the rest of the world. The new method in the light and sound show will use the multi-media and 3D mapping along with state-of-the-art projectors and sound equipment.

Notably, an MoU was signed between state government and the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) for the implementation of the project in October last year. The ITDC was entrusted with the responsibility for implementation of these projects as executing agency.

As per the MoU, the estimated cost of the project for Dhauli was Rs 6.06 crore. The Union Tourism ministry had sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the project while the remaining amount was to be borne by the state government.