Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the light and sound show at Dhauli Shanti Stupa on Friday.
The 35-minute show, describes the glory of Kalinga empire, the Kalinga war and transformation of king Ashoka from Chandsoka to Dharmasoka.
The light-and-sound show, based on the latest three-dimensional projection mapping technology was designed by internationally acclaimed experts Himanshu Singh Sabharwal and Ross Aston of the Projection Studio, UK. The graphics is projected on the dome of the pagoda.
Visitors will have to pay Rs 25 per adult and Rs 10 per student/child for the light and sound show to be beamed with laser technology. There will be two shows (English and Hindi) from 7 pm to 7.35 pm and 7.45 pm to 8.20 pm in Odia, Hindi and English every evening except on Mondays.
There are narrations painted by famous artist Maria Rud while the background voice for the show is given by Kabir Bedi in English, Om Puri in Hindi and Bijay Mohanty in Odia.
The show at Dhauli was implemented through the India Tourism Development Corporation and the state government. While the Centre provided Rs 5 crore, the state government’s share was Rs 1.06 crore. While the first technical trial show was staged on July 14, the inaugural show on July 28 differed following the death of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.