Festive extravaganza showcased traditions of Odisha in US
The spirit of harmony and camaraderie in the Odisha community was showcased at Georgia, USA, on the occasion of Kumara Utsava, which was celebrated at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee recently. The functions was organised by the Georgia Chapter of the Odisha Society of Americas (OSA-GA). The celebration presented jovial grandeur of traditions of Odisha. It comprised tableau of music, dance, songs, drama, and other vivid art forms from all regions of Odisha. The grand celebration started with a video message from the honorable Consul General of India in Atlanta Dr. Swati V Kulkarni, who wished all the success for the event. The event was inaugurated by chief guest, Additional Consul General of India in Atlanta Mr Madan Kumar Ghidiyal by lighting the traditional lamp. Thereafter, he addressed the audience.
It is worth mentioning that during this auspicious month, Hindus worship the divine mother invoking the feminine energy within every life force. For this Sharad Purnima, OSA-Georgia Chapter made gargantuan endeavours to celebrate this womanhood in all her forms, colors, and manifestations.The traditional depiction of Kumar Utsav includes maidens offering prayers to the Sun God early in the morning and as the harvest full moon adorns the sky, they worship Lord Kartikeya (son of Shiva Parvati).During the evening prayers, they offer moon-shaped prasad to the Moon God and pray for a beautiful successful life. In the end, everybody enjoys the beautiful moonlit night with the traditional song and dance of Kumar Purnima.
The Georgia Odia families volunteered with great commitment to making every aspect of this event come alive. Their commitment also included promoting welfare works back in Odisha as part of the proceeds went to Adruta Children’s Home, an organization in Odisha focused on rehabilitating children in need of care and protection. The motto of the Georgia Odia community is to bestow the next generation with the unique inheritance of Odisha through such cultural events.
By Satyavrat Das