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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, June 8:

It was the most unique marriage procession which started from Sriya Chowk in Bhubaneswar on June 6, accompanied by band, baaja , barati, fireworks and a lot of dancing . Parikshit the handsome bridegroom was carried on a palanquin or sabari surrounded by friends and his father (bara karta) Raghunath Mohanty. The procession was taken out with much fanfare to Ekaamra Haata where his beautiful bride Padmamali  coyly waited with her father(kanya karta) Premanjan Parida and other family members to welcome the barati. The spectacular bagha nacha, sahinata, ghoda nacha, kandhei nacha, jodee mahuri delighted the watching crowd and was filled with rich colours and hues.

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Sounds like a very ordinary event? Take a check, as for the very first time the capital city witnessed the traditional lacquered dolls wedding which was organized by the Balasore Ekatra group. Following the typical Odia traditional marriage style the ceremony was held at Ekaamra haat where many guests were invited and dinner was served.

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“The beautiful evening was studded with renowned guests,eminent singers, artists and intellectual people who enjoyed the event and the main reason was to revive the forgotten Lac craft,” said one of the organizers. This celebration also brought the Balasorians together to celebrate the traditional customs and to showcase a dying art to people .

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Intellectuals discussed and enlightened the audience about the dying art form and enraptured the crowd with the interesting history of the Lac craft. Odia tradition is rich in its culture and it is believed that newlyweds are always gifted with a pair of Lac dolls which is symbolic for leading a happy married life.

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“We really loved the show and it took me back to my childhood days when I played kandhei bahaghara with my girl friends, said a very emotional Meenoo who had come to participate in the marriage ceremony.

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