Jharkhand is celebrating its rich and diverse folk culture on Odisha’s stage.
A contingent of 40 folk artistes is camping in the neighbouring state for the two-day Utkal Van Mahotsav, which kicked off on Tuesday.
The group — a 20-member team, led by chhau exponent Lakshman Mahto, from Seraikela and another 20 from Lapung block of Ranchi district — is showcasing Seraikela Chhau and Nagpuri folk dance at the festival.
The state art and culture department has spent Rs 89,000 on the entire trip.
Vijay Paswan, assistant director of the department, said Jharkhand was taking part in Utkal Van Mahotsav for the first time. “This has given us a chance to showcase our rich heritage,” he said.