New Delhi: Odia Parba, the three-day festival to celebrate Odisha’s culture, tradition, heritage and cuisine gets off here on Friday in the lawns of the India Gate.

Chief Justice of India  Dipak Mishra  inaugurated ceremony which was attended by union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan among other eminent personalities.

Justice Mishra said, “I am quite delighted to be a part of Odia Parba yet again for its second edition. We have completed 200 years of Paika Rebellion and I am proud to say that I was born in Banipur which is quite famous for its Paika fighters.”  He added, “Let’s come and celebrate this event at the national capital which is a platform to bring together Odias and showcase our rich culture and heritage.”

Odia Samaj president Sidhartha Pradhan said that the second edition of Odia Parba is bigger and better than previous year, is based on the theme Odisha’s freedom struggle against British rule from 1804-1947′.

Stating that the highlight of the Parba this year  is an innovative fort-shaped food-court, reflecting the ambience of ‘Baarah Maasi Tera Parba’, which reflects Odisha’s passion for festivals in one calendar year, he said variety of programmes on fashion, culture, dance, handicrafts will be part of the Parba. Padma Shri Sudharshan Sahoo will conduct a stone art workshops.