Dubai: For the first time, birth anniversary of Veer Surendra Sai was celebrated outside India. Expatriate group Global Odias for Odisha’s Development ( GOOD) organized the 212th birth anniversary celebrations of great revolutionary and freedom fighter here yesterday
Nonresident Odias living in Dubai came together and celebrated this event. The function started with participants paying floral tributes to the legendary freedom fighter.
Audio visual presentations on Veer Surendra Sai’s life and times were made by various participants. Momentous occasions like his first rebellion at the age of 18 and his escape from Hazaribagh Jail and subsequent leadership of the 1857 mutiny in Central Part of India were described in detail.
Stories of his valour, grit and determination fired the imagination of the attendees and electrified the atmosphere inside the hall. Specially composed poems were also read out. The participants were also made to take a pledge to walk on the revolutionary path of Veer Surendra Sai and propagate his ideals.
The highlight of the evening was the special video address by eminent author and dramatist Mangulu Charan Biswal. Rashtrapati and Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Biswal’s popular play on Veer Surendra Sai continues to be enacted in various parts of the country and has served as an eye opener to many people.
According to GOOD member, Captain Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, who is the President of a leading Shipping Company based at Dubai, such a function was much needed to celebrate the life and times of this legendary fighter and spread awareness about his bravery and heroism.
Priyadarshee Panigrahi, a member of GOOD, said it was an emotional moment to see Veer Surendra Sai’s Jayanti being organized on foreign soil for the first time. He said Veer Surendra Sai spent 37 years in jail and probably no other freedom fighter in the World has spent as many years in jail. This fact and many other stories of his bravery and heroism needed to be told on a world platform, because of which this function as organized.