Politicians these days are hardly in the news for good reasons. However, for this one rare occasion, a Member of the Parliament happens to be in the limelight for actually doing something good. Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, elected from Kendrapara in Odisha, has come out in full support of an ongoing exhibition in the city that is trying to put his constituency firmly on the tourism map.
A project by four youngsters from Kendrapara, an area rich in biodiversity and tourism potential, Kendrapara: A Unique Creation of Nature, was inaugurated in the city today with Panda, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay and MPs and MLAs from Odisha at the Constitution Club.
‘Odisha is a hidden gem when it comes to tourism. This exhibition will serve to bring Odisha and Kendrapara in the national sphere,’ said Panda. Salepur and Mahanga too have tremendous tourism potential, especially with Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri which can together form a Buddhist trail, Panda emphasised.
Organised by the Kendrapara Development Foundation, the exhibition showcases more than 30 photographs of different parts of Kendrapara and its life. A lot of them are of the Bhitarkanika National Park, with pictures of turtles, deers, monkeys, birds, and flora and fauna. There are photographs of lighthouses, sunsets, the Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary and the picturesque beach, boatmen near a place called Hukitola, of various religious festivals, the palaces like Aul palace, Kanika palace, the Laxmibarahajew temple among others.
The photographs have been taken by four youngsters — Amitav Das, Salut Sahoo, Asit Satpathy and Sidhhikant Senapati — all from the area, who took one year to capture them all with their cameras. While they have regular day jobs, some of them are into business while some others are in the media, this was an attempt on their part to showcase their area on a national level.
The organisers also plan to take the exhibition to other cities like Calcutta and Chennai in order to attract tourists. On the occasion, a coffee table book was also published.
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