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The pride and glory of ‘Baliyatra’

Kolkata, June 10, 2018: The three-day ‘The Pride and Glory Of Baliyatra’ event which kick started at ‘The Rabindranath Tagore Centre’, ICCR, Kolkata on Saturday will culminate on Monday.

Roots and Revelations, in collaboration with Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia Tourism, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Odisha Tourism and The Telegraph is presenting event.

Baliyatra, meaning ‘Voyage To Bali’, is a popular celebration of the glorious maritime history of Odisha, and ancient trading links in Bali, Indonesia.

And Boita Bandana, an annual riverside ritual that is performed by women-folk all over Odisha on the eve of ‘Baliyatra’, is a symbolic commemoration of a traditional farewell that used to be accorded to the brave sea-farers of yore on the eve of their annual voyage to Bali – the genesis of Indian cultural influence in distant shores across South-east Asia.

The Pride and Glory Of Bali-yatra, an initiative of Resource Indica : Roots & Revelations, is a never-before multi-media project - on this great passage of time and glorious tides – that throws new light on the impact of Indian tradition and culture that is visible on the face of the land in Indonesia and in the minds and hearts of people in the far away island of Bali, Indonesia.

The project was flagged-off during ‘Baliyatra’ at Cuttack, Odisha, in November 2013; and this curtain-raiser was presented in association with Odisha State Maritime Museum, INTACH (Indian National Trust For Cultural Heritage) & Indonesia Tourism.

Thereafter, there have been other presentations in New Delhi & Bali – in association with ICCR, Asiatic Society, INTACH, Embassy of the Republic Of Indonesia, New Delhi & Indonesia Tourism.

Now the project is being extended to cover ‘The Pride and Glory of Baliyatra’ Heritage Tours to Indonesia.

The launch event was held at the Embassy of Indonesia, New Delhi, on March 7, 2018.

The ‘The Pride And Glory Of Baliyatra’ presentation in Kolkata will include a Pictorial Exhibition, Coffee-table Book & Documentary Film – all of which were put together by writer, photographer and film maker Sudip Sen (Director, Resource Indica: Roots and Revelations) after much research on the subject and many visits to Indonesia to interact with people and shoot there.

‘The Pride And Glory Of Baliyatra’ is the first of a series of presentations – an initiative of 'Resource Indica : Roots & Revelations' – that is driven by the glorious maritime history of India and fuelled by Indian cultural influence across South-East Asia; and one that is titled ‘Rediscovering India International Of Yore’.

The special press preview, at ICCR on June 8, included the unveiling of ‘The Pride And Glory Of Bali-yatra’ Pictorial Exhibition, release of Coffee-table book & screening of Documentary film and concluded with a live performance by traditional Balinese dancers  who were specially flown in from Indonesia for the 4-day event – along with the Balinese Chefs for the 3-day Balinese Food Festival scheduled from tomorrow, June 9 at Hyatt Regency.

"I am an Indonesian by birth and nationality and feel privileged to represent my country here in India - a country we believe much of our heritage and culture came from", said Sidharto Suryodipuro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia.

Dr Nitin B Jawale, Director Odisha Tourism said this is a project about the glorious maritime history and rich heritage of our state and its influence in Indonesia.

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