The five-day Gopalpur Beach Festival will begin on 24 December 2014.
India’s Raw Star Rituraj Mohanty, Ollywood comedian Papu Pom Pom, Bollywood singer Kailash Kher and Dance Indian Dance winner Rajasmita Kar will be performing at the festival.
Rituraj will perform on the third day of the festival scheduled to start from Wednesday.
Folk dancers and musicians from different states and from the home district of Ganjam will perform during the cultural extravaganza.
Trade fair, pallishree mela, textile fair, sand art, flower show, crafts mela, food mela, army exhibition, water sports, sky diving, beach volleyball, kabaddi and country boat race are the other attractions of Gopalpur beach festival.
Chief secretary G C pati is scheduled to inaugurate the festival, while chief minister naveen Patnaik will attend the closing ceremony.
“We hope the festival will help promote tourism in the area,” said chairman of the festival committee and higher education minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi.
It has been jointly organized by the district administration, district cultural center (DCC), NAC Gopalpur and Odisha tourism. “We have formed committees involving different sections of the people for smooth conduct of the festival,” said collector of Ganjam, P C Chaudhary.
Different departments of the state government such as culture, textiles, industry, and organizations like Army Air Defense College, Golabandh, Ormas and Eastern Zonal Cultural Center (EZCC) would take part in the festival.
The first Gopalpur beach festival was started in the year 1996 by Ganjam District Hotel Association to promote tourism and culture.