A 11-year-old girl along with her dad – both trained scuba divers – dived 40-feet-profound into the Arabian Sea to praise their old neighborhood Odisha’s harvest festival – Nuakhai.
Just before ‘Nuakhai’ (September 10), Dubai residents Tisya Panigrahi and her dad Priyadarshee Panigrahi bounced into the ocean at the ‘Dibba Rock’ dive site in Fujairah and conveyed their desires by holding placards on the seabed.
They went on the jumping boat to their dive site and dived in full plunging gear. In the wake of slipping to a profundity of around 40 feet amid bright coral reefs and lovely marine life, they took out some celebratory placards. One of the placards read ‘Nuakhai Juhar’, a traditional method to welcome individuals on this festival, while the other read ‘Happy Nuakhai’.
The dive was coordinated through UAE’s biggest plunging school Al Boom Diving. Plunging educator Hani El Hajjar, who hails from Lebanon, helped the team take photos and recordings utilizing an underwater camera.
Tisya, who currently is a student of Grade 6 in Dubai’s Raffles World Academy, became Odisha’s youngest scuba diver on August 22 last year when she obtained her PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Licence in the UAE at the age of 10. One can attempt getting this licence only after turning 10. PADI is the world’s largest scuba diving training and certification organisation. Tisya did her training in Al Boom Diving.
She was roused by the scuba jumping exploits of her dad Priyadarshee, who has been plunging since 2012 subsequent to getting his PADI Open Water Scuba Diver License from Vietnam.
Talking about the dive, Priyadarshee said: ‘If an licenced scuba diver doesn’t dive for over a half year, he/she needs to do a supplemental class. Our keep going dives were on April 4, 2021 and we were tingling to dive once more. Being from Odisha, especially from Sambalpur (which lies in the western piece of Odisha, where the festival is praised with extraordinary enthusiasm), we realized Nuakhai is on September 11 and the festival holds an exceptionally special spot in our souls. Thusly, we chose to accomplish something extraordinary and special on this occasion and this idea germinated.”
“An underwater message on Nuakhai has never occurred and I figured this could be a decent method to advocate Nuakhai at the international level. An ever increasing number of individuals will think about Nuakhai and it will add to the spread of our way of life and custom. It would also give delight to individuals back home,” added Priyadarshee.
Tisya said: “Diving is something that I partake in a great deal and the idea of accomplishing a bonus while plunging was pleasant. It was amusing to hold the placards and posture for pictures and recordings. Nuakhai has numerous memories for me. I especially like the festival since we will dress in traditional clothes, dance to energetic Sambalpuri tunes and get extraordinary traditional food sources.”