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AKAM-EBSB - Heritage of Odisha & Maharashtra

5 March 2022

Judge:Ms. Rosy Soren,Ms. Sahista S,Ms. Ankita Sahoo,Ms. Kanizfatema Khan

Event Type
Heritage of Odisha and Maharashtra
Day & Date
Saturday, 5 March 2022
11.30 am
Venue Online Platform and link

Video Recording

The event was organized to showcase the heritage of Odisha and Maharashtra among the students of SVIMS and DAMITS.
Introduction of the Program
12:25 PM
Student Performances
Vote of Thanks
The program commenced with the Welcome Address by Ms. Rosy Soren, Asst Prof, DAMITS. The program commenced with an Odissi Dance performed by Ms. Sahista S. A fabulous performance from Sahista enthralled the audience. This was followed by a video on Odisha’s Heritage. This showcased the prominent
places like – This was followed by a speech by Ms. Ankita Sahoo, who explained the significance of Rath Yatra. Ms. Nibedita Meher, explained the historical significance of Hirakud Dam. After these wonderful performances by DAMITS students, SVIMS students took the centre stage. The program was divided into six segments to showcase the culture and heritage of Maharashtra–
1. Ganesh Chaturthi
2. Art
3. Ethnic fashion
4. Palkhi – Waarkaris
5. Local Cuisine
6. Tourist attraction
The segment commenced with the Ganesh Vandana. People from all walks of life install Ganesh idols at their homes during the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The students and faculty of SVIMS, who celebrated the
festival by installing Ganesh idols at their homes shared the photographs from their personal album that was brought forward in the form of a video. The Art segment had Ms. Asawari Nawale displaying her talent in drawing. She first showed a photograph of door that had warli painting drawn on the door frame. She very beautifully drew an exact replica of it. No one was able to find which is the photograph or which one is the painting…. Then we had Ms. Shreya Vibhute. Who showed the Mehendi art. What was unique about it? One can always say that women all over India apply heena on their hands during various festivals. What sets Shreya’s Mehendi apart from others was that she depicted the Gateway of India. A beautiful handiwork indeed!! The next segment - Ethnic fashion, had Ms. Salomi Gore and Ms. Parishweta Gulhane, wherein they depicted the Nauvari Saree and the way Maharashtrian women dress up. The fourth segment depicted the Palkhi procession. Pandharpur Wari or Wari pronounced vaaree, is an annual pilgrimage (yatra) to the townof Pandharpur, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, to honor the deity of Hindu God Vitthal. The wari involves carrying the paduka (a type of wooden slippers or footprints) of a saint (Sant in marathi) in a palkhi, most notably of Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram, from their respective shrines to Pandharpur. Thousands of warkaris or pilgrims join this procession on foot. Warkari is a Marathi term which means "one who performs the Wari" or "one who venerates Vithoba". The tradition is more than 700 to 800 years old.
Every year in June, lakhs of pilgrims from Maharashtra participate in the palkhi procession. The procession embarks from the pilgrim centres of Alandi and Dehu in Pune district and the pilgrims march through the day and rest at night. The Wari culminates at the Vithoba temple, Pandharpur on the holy occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.

Ms. Vipashyana Sonawane and Ms. Isha Khandekar beautifully showcased this through a video, that had photographs from the personal collection of Mr. Mayur Gaidhane, an acclaimed photographer from Pune.
The fifth segment – that all people associate with a particular place is FOOD. Ms. Vipashyana Sonawane, a food blogger, discussed about the different types of cuisine available in Maharashtra. She also shared a video that showcased the popular food items – Puran poli, Pithale Bhakri, Misal pav, etc.

The last segment – had Ms. Kanizfatema Khan showing the top ten tourist attractions of Maharashtra –Mahableshwar, Lonavala, Alibaug, Panchgani, Ajanta Ellora caves, etc. The enthusiastic participation of 100 students and faculty made this event a memorable one.

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