Coutesy:- Indian Express
After winning hearts across the globe, the foot-tapping beats of traditional drums of western Orissa will reverberate at Republic Day Parade at Delhi on January 26. A group of 170 school students will be presenting ‘Parbha’, a folk dance of the region, in front of President Pratibha Patil.The group will perform for 2.15 minutes on the Rajpath and choreographer Ranjan Sahu is working overtime to showcase the grandeur of the dance form within the specified time.As per Sahu of the famed ‘Ukia’ group, which has the distinction of performing across the country, the students are being trained in the intricacies of the dance form at Hindi High School ground in Sambalpur.The team will represent Eastern Zonal Cultural Council and was selected after competitions at various levels, said Ranjan Sahu.Students have been handpicked from schools of the town. While 31 students are from CSB ZIlla School, 49 have been selected from Hindi High School, 27 from Town High School, 28 are from Lady Lewis Girls’ High School, 15 are from Police High School while nine artistes belong to the ‘Ukia’ group. They will be accompanied by 11 officials, Ranjan added. Prior to this, ‘Ukia’ had led a 180-member team in 2004 Republic Day Parade and had performed ‘Dalkhai’ dance.