Bargarh town is all set to get transformed into the mythological Mathura as “Dhanu Yatra”, the largest open-air theatre in the world is all set to commence from December 23.
The significance of this year Yatra is Bhubaneswar Pradhan playing the role of Kansa, who was selected from among 23 aspirants by a jury, while Sriyansh Mohapatra will enact the role of Lord Krishna.
With the central theme of the Yatra borrowed from ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’, the enactment of Day One will begin with Kansa’s accession to throne followed by wedding of King Kansa’s sister Devaki with Basudev and conclude with ‘Kansa Badha’ at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna on the day of Pausa Purnima, slated to be held on January 2.
Convenor of Dhanu Yatra Mahotsav Samiti Sureswar Satpathy said all preparations have been made for the 11-day festival. Around 70 artists will perform various roles in the Dhanu Yatra at Mathura, while about 40 will enact at Gopapur. This apart, as many as 3,000 artists of 120 cultural troupes across the country will perform at the Raj Durbar and Ranga Mahal during the festival, he added.
Several cultural programmes will also be organized during the festival. Cultural troupes from across the country and abroad visit Bargarh to perform during the yatra.
The festival will continue till January 02.