KALAHANDI UTSAV is a platform to encourage, motivate and show case the art, culture, music, drama, literature, handy crafts and to place the strength globally. The Utsav starts from the first day of Makar Shrankanti and continues for four days at district head quarter Bhawanipatna and Sub-division Dharamgarh simultaniously. Artists from kalahandi as well as across India are encouraged to participate in this Kalahandi Utsav.
Kalahandi Utsav 2009 is going to be held from 14th to 17th of January 2009 where the audience will get the taste of Ghumura and varieties of folk dances from kalahandi as well as other part of the country.
Kalahandi Utsav was initiated by Mr. P.K. Jena, esteemed Ex-collector of Kalahandi in the year 1996. Then it was organized at sub-division level at Dharamgarh by ex-sub- collector Mr. V. Karthikeya Pandian in 2003.
Ghumura: A cultural identity of Kalahandi with the rhythmic beat brings a sensation to audience and excite every one to dance irrespective of caste, creed, belief among young and old. It brings unity and integrity in diversity and spreads the message of oneness.
Ghumura is used in many occasions. The evolution goes back to the ancient time where it was used to energize and excite the warriors in the battle. So, it is also known as war beat (Juddha- baddya). itís popularity and importance has made it a synonym to Kalahandi.
The leading cultural organization Mahavir Sanskruti Anusthan, Bhawanipatna trains all the people by dedicating itís time by taking the guidance and training from the great Ghumura Gurus Satya naik, Markand Rout and many more. It is only played by male. It is made up of soil, colorful clothes, tahia(mayur chul). It has already made its path to global cultural summit at Paris.