IMBIBING A SENSE OF GRATITUDE AND PRIDE: UTKAL DIVAS CELEBRATION
Seemadri Subhadarshini | Apr 04, 2016
Scenic, Serene, Sublime. Located on the eastern coast of India, Odisha is a unique combination of stunning locations, exotic cultures and heritages and warm & friendly people. With a 480 kilometer long coastline, towering mountains, tranquil lakes and frolicking rivers, Odisha has something for everyone. April 1 is being celebrated as Utkal Divas to commemorate formation of Odisha in 1936 as a separate province. It is also to venerate the sacrifices made by its people for three decades that led to the formation of the Odisha province. After losing its complete political identity in 1568 following the defeat and demise of the last Hindu king Mukunda Dev, efforts resulted into the formation of a politically separate state under British rule on linguistic basis on 1 April 1936. The main revolution for this separate state was continued for three decades from the very day of formation of Utkal Sammilani, which lead the foundation of a separate Odisha Province. The movement was more intensified with the leadership of Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala Mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandita Nilakantha Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher, Basudeba Sudhaladeba,Radhanath Ray, Bhubanananda Das, A. P. Patro and many others with the support of the public.
In order to reach out to the students, faculty and staffs from outside odisha and make them aware about the cultural heritage of the place they live in, Utkal Divas Celebration was organized on 1st April at PPA. The function started with a welcome note by the anchor, followed by garlanding of the portrait of Utkal Gourav Sri Madhusudan Das by the dignitaries. After the auspicious lamp lighting and sloka chanting ceremony, the state anthem of Odisha, Bande Utkala Janani was sung. This instilled a sense of pride, dedication and gratitude among the audience present. After the welcome address by R.K.Sinha, convener and secretary (PR), Sri Mahendra Pattnaik, OAS, Retd ADM and the chief guest of the evening, enlightened everyone on the Glimpses of modern Odia Literature. His entire speech was in his mother tongue Odia, which is also the state language of Odisha. Sri Pareshwar Biswal, who was the Chief Speaker, delivered his speech on Evolution of Odia Language in English for the non-odisha people to follow. It was followed by the presidential address by our director, Prof. S.K.Sarangi.
The Guests were presented with mementos as a token of love. Vote of thanks were given by both Prof. K.C.Pati, Dean (Student Welfare) and Mr. R.K.Sinha. The evening ended with a mellifluous Patriotic Song, sung by the institute Staff and students which filled patriotic quotient among all.