Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cultural Society has organised ‘Odisha Festival’ in Japan recently.
Participating in the festival, several dignitaries including Science and Technology Minister Ashok Chandra Panda have pleaded for more collaboration and cooperation to strengthen socio-cultural and economic ties between Odisha and Japan.
Panda also put emphasis on collaboration between Odisha and Japan in the fields of bio-technology, cultural development and education.
“There are several similarities in the lifestyle and food habits of the people of Odisha and Japan. The Odias and Japanese people have displayed extraordinary resilience to mitigate problems,” said the Minister.
He also spoke about the Shanti Stupa (peace pagoda) at Dhauligiri in Odisha capital to highlight the cultural link between Odisha and Japan.
Former Kiyoto University professor Dr. Kazunobu Mitsuda spoke about the historical link between Odisha and Japan.
Odia movie ‘Kalira Atita’ was screened on the occasion. Artistes Yumiko Hananomiya and Sachiko Murakami performed Odissi while Mahaveer Sanskrutika Anusthan of Kalahandi presented a programme of folk dance at the event.
An exhibition of tourism products, handicrafts and handlooms was held on the occasion.
Among others, Rajya Sabha MP Sujit Kumar, Linguist and Scholar Padmasri Dr. Tomio Mizokami, Osaka Kobe, Consulate General of India in Japan, MLA Debi Prasad Mishra and eminent film director Padmasri Nilamadhab Panda also participated in the event.