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Orissa revives its culture with Kosli Naatbadi fest
The main purpose of organising such an event is to revive the Kosli drama theatre, which is facing a lot of challenges these days. Apart from this, the fest also gives a further boost to Kosli language.
IN ORDER to promote Kosli drama and artists of western Orissa, a state level drama festival, Kosli Naatbadi was held at Sadeipali near Balangir on January 15 by SITE cultural society. More than 25 cultural outfits of this region participated in this week long Kosli drama festival. The main purpose of organising such an event is to revive the Kosli drama theatre, which is facing a lot of challenges these days. Apart from this, the fest also gives a further boost to Kosli language.

Kosli Naatbadi is not only a step to revive the Kosli drama theatre but it is also creating a platform for budding artists. This year different cultural outfits from Balangir, Bargarh, Bhanipatana, Bheden, Mahada, Padampur, Sonepur, Boudh, Belpahad participated in this fest. Artists were seemingly excited on being a part of this cultural extravaganza. “ Kosli Naatbadi is a big platform for us. We will perform our level best to be the champion of this drama competition “ said Subash Nayak, an artist from Bargarh Maheswari Club.


“Since it is the harvest season, the farmers and labourers are in the mood to celebrate, it is the best time for any cultural body to offer this type of entrainment” said Srikara Mishra, SITE secretary. He further added “Our objective is to showcase the local flavor of the land through these ply. Apart from that we will also felicitate outstanding artists and ply too.”


There was a huge gathering of theatre lovers in Sadeipali. People from different parts of Balangir District came to Sadeipali to view this Naatbadi. “It’s a good initiative to revive the Kosli Drama theatre and promote local artist. Definitely it will help the cultural outfits and artists a lot” said Nilamani Tripathy, a theatre lover from Balangir town.


On the occasion of
inaugural function of this fest, well known Oriya film star Debu Bose was the chief guest. He said “The drama must be based on realistic social issue, so that it will touch the audience hearts and will leave an impact on society” said the actor.


The culture of western Orissa (Kosli Culture) is very rich as the folk dances, songs and drama creates a special identity.

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