Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 22:
The maritime glory of Odisha will be showcased during the forthcoming Republic Day Celebration at New Delhi, government sources said.
The design of the tableau on ‘Boita Bandana’ theme has been selected to participate in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi.
“The geographical setting of our state has supported the development of seaports like Tamralipti, Chelitalo, Palur, Pithunda etc. all along its coastline from the early times. The mariners of Kalinga endowed with a sound knowledge of navigation continued to have commercial, socio, cultural and political relations with South East Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Java, Sumatra, Bali, Borneo, China, Burma, Cambodia, Champa, Malaya and Thailand,” a release said.
The 3D model of the tableau has been designed and prepared under the guidance of Information and Public Relations; Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Commissioner-cum- Secretary of Information and Public Relations Department Manoranjan Panigrahi and Director Sushil Kumar Das. This tableau has been visualized and designed by the senior designer of the epartment Pradyumna Kumar Dash.
The tableau of Odisha would display the maritime activities and glorious tradition of Boita Bandana Festival (Kalinga Baliyatra) of ancient Odisha. This more or less concentrates around the Sadhava tradition in Odisha, who were carrying out internal and external trade.
Ancient Odisha popularly known as Kalinga was the epicenter of the inland and foreign trade within the Indian archipelago which had established its maritime supremacy over the world trade from the time immemorial.
Odisha will participate in the R-Day parade after a gap of few years.