Bhubaneswar, June 17 (Odisha.in) A three-day Raja festival concluded on Sunday across Odisha with powerful message on womanhood.
The agrarian festival was celebrated in different places including at twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar with girls enjoying on rope swings beautifully decorated and hung from trees.
Special cultural programmes and different competitions were the major highlights of the celebrations.
In Salia Sahi slum of Bhubaneswar, Society for Nature, Education and Health (SNEH)—an NGO working with the marginalized communities for establishment of peace and harmony organised competitions like music chair, quiz, straw-ball game and rangoli.
Away from glitz and glitter of swanky hotels and lush lawns of urban cities, the narrow and muddy lanes of this slum reverberated with songs and dances to the popular numbers of Odia and Hindi films and folk music by the women and girls.
A volleyball match was organized involving youths belonging to different religious communities. The NGO has been organizing this event every year to mainstream the deprived sections of slum community by instilling in them a sense of dignity and self worth.
Their creative instincts are expressed through ‘mehendi’, rangoli and dexterity and general knowledge through straw ball and quiz competitions.