Despite being blessed with abundant natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage, Odisha remains largely unexplored and unknown. Its exquisite handicrafts, magnificent monuments, intricate hand loom textiles, vibrant festivals, indigenous tribes, friendly people with a laid back lifestyle and the many other enchanting charms of the state are truly mesmerizing. Yet, it remains away from the beaten track, unknown to most except the most intrepid traveler/tourist.
It has however made one valuable contribution to the English language, the word 'Juggernaut', which is eponymous with the famous temple of Jagannath in Puri. It is this unique temple, its rituals and its annual Rath Yatra that has made it known the world over.
Odisha Connect is an initiative to focus on areas related to art, culture and tourism – an interactive platform to showcase the outstanding cultural heritage of the state. Events, people, places, artists, social traditions, cuisines and current developments linked to art and culture will find a place here. A point of reference for performing artists, connoisseurs of the arts, tourists and critics, this web magazine aims to nurture the socio-cultural passions of readers who envision an interest in Odisha.
A team of dedicated writers with expertise in their subjects, professional photographers, art critics and subject specialists will ensure crisp, comprehensive and interesting content. The rhythm of life through dance and music, the changing seasons and its flavors, the many hues of festivities, and numerous fascinating facets of the state and its people will be highlighted in this web magazine.