Odias across globe sing ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ to thank COVID warriors

Bhubaneswar: At 5.30 PM today, Odias across the globe stood shoulder to shoulder to pay reverence to COVID warriors.

‘Bande Utkala Janani’ considered as Odisha’s state anthem reverberated in the air as Odias across the globe sang the patriotic song.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, alongside his private secretary VK Pandian, sang the song at Naveen Niwas.

Patnaik thanked Odia people for showing a gesture of solidarity with the frontline workers engaged in the fight against COVD-19. The participation of people from walks of life irrespective of age groups in this thanks giving ceremony will strengthen the State’s fight against COVID-19 and boost the morale, the CM added.

Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi too sang Bande Utkala Janani at their respective houses.

OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik, senior Congress leaders including Suresh Routray, Panchanan Kanungo, and Prasad Harichandan among others also attended the thanksgiving programme organized at the Congress Bhawan here.

State BJP President Sameer Mohanty, senior leader Sajjan Kumar and other leaders also sang the song at BJP headquarters here.

The Police Seva Bhawan organized the event with police band playing the music. Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi and other officials participated in the event. In Cuttack, DGP Abhay attended the solidarity event along with hundreds of policemen.

On the other hand, sports persons and celebrities graced the function at Kalinga Stadium.

Similarly, employees working at Rail Sadan, BDA office, Lok Seva Bhawan, and other offices came out of the office and crooned the state song.

Sambad Group Editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Managing Director Monica Nayyar Patnaik, Executive Director Tanaya Patnaik, CEO Kamalakanta Mohapatra, CGM (News) Arabinda Das, CGM (HR) Baijayanti Kar, publisher Bijay Patnaik, Ratikant Satpathy, Swaraj Mishra,  Kanak News Editor Manoranjan Mishra and employees of the Group also participated in a event organized on its premises maintaining social distance.

People were seen standing along the Janpath, Sishu Bhawan Square, Vani Vihar Square, Chandrasekharpur Square and other busy places in the city reciting the song.

Similarly, Odias in the UK, US, Singapore, UAE, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Germany and other countries also expressed similar gesture from their houses in the fight against the deadly virus.

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