The ‘Dhanu Yatra’ festival began after a gap of two years, in Bargarh at the Odisha.



  • Dhanu Yatra is an annual drama-based open-air theatrical performance celebrated in Bargarh, Odisha.
  • It is considered the largest open-air theatre in the world. Spread over five square km, the entire town of Bargarh turns into a stage for the yatra.
  • The ‘Dhanu Yatra’ which marks the victory of good over evil, came into existence in Bargarh in 1947-48 as part of the celebration of the country’s Independence and is held annually.
  • Theme — The plays in the festival start with the dethroning of Emperor Ugrasen of Mathura by angry Kansa over the marriage of his sister Devaki with Vasudev. The festival will conclude with the death of demon king Kansa and restoration of the throne to Ugrasen.