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Light and Sound show at Dhauli, Khandagiri, Konark

Three popular heritage sites of Odisha – Dhauli, Khandagiri-Udayagiri and Konark may get the much-awaited light and sound shows by Durga Puja this year.

The Tourism and Culture Department is in the final stage of talks with India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to prepare the scripts and choose the background voices for 30-minute programmes which will be shown with laser technology.

Voices of actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Bedi and Suresh Oberoi are being considered for the voice over which will be dubbed in Odia, Engligh, Hindi and Bengali.

At Dhauli, theme of Kalinga War will be presented while Khandagiri caves would get a show on Kharavela’s dynasty and the feat of Bisu Maharana’s 12-year-old son Dharmapada will be featured in Konark Sun temple.

The project at the three sites would entail an expenditure of Rs 6.5 crore each and as of now, Rs 3 crore has been sanctioned to the State Government. While Central Government will make an expenditure of Rs 5 crore for each monument, the remaining amount will be pulled from State Government sources.

Bhuvan Bikram, Superintending Archaeologist of the Bhubaneswar circle of the ASI, said after getting the final project detail from Tourism and Culture Department, ASI would conduct studies on the impact of sound and light on the structures.