Visakhapatnam: A premier socio-cultural organisation named Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj in the City of Destiny celebrated the 88th Utkal Dibas – Odisha Formation Day in its premises at Dasapalla Hills near All India Radio (AIR) station here on 1st April 2023 evening.
As part of the celebration, an Odia food festival with mouth-watering savouries like Dahi Bara-Aloo Dum Chhena Poda, Manda Kakara etc was organised in the Samaj premises, which was inaugurated by the Organisation president Jitendra Kumar Nayak.
“On April 1, 1936, Odisha attained separate statehood on the basis of language, being the first in the country. Since then the day is celebrated to mark the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of the State for its formation. The day is called Utkal Dibas. Constant and relentless efforts of activists like Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Ramachandra Bhanjadeo, Maharaja Krushnachandra Gajapati, Utkal Gaurab Madhusudan Das, Gangadhar Meher, Fakir Mohan Senapati and many others had helped Odisha in getting the status of a separate linguistic state which was carved out from Bengal-Bihar-Odisha province,” secretary of the Samaj Bimal Kumar Mahanta said while addressing the audience.
The programme started with lighting the traditional lamp and garlanding the portraits of the great persons of erstwhile Orissa. The Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Visakhapatnam Asit Kumar Mahapatra graced the occasion as Chief Guest and DRM, Waltair Division of East Coast Railway (ECoR) Anup Kumar Satpathy was the Guest of Honour and Chief Speaker. He spoke of the rich Odia culture and heritage and Jagannath Sanskruti (cult).
The annual literary magazine ‘Arunima’ of the Samaj was unveiled by the dignitaries and its chief editor R P Sahu. A cultural troupe from the Art Research Institute deputed by the Government of Odisha and led by Sushree Mamata Ojha performed classical Odissi dance, dance drama ‘Kanchi Bije’ and popular folk song Rangabati under the supervision of Seema Mohanty.
Members of the organisation namely R P Sahu and Arun Das conducted the programme.