In the midst of Valentine’s week, Roses romance each other in Arboriculture Nursery, Bhubaneswar

By Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak

Valentine’s Day being the 14th of February, the celebrations start from February 7 which is known as the Rose Day. So, Valentine’s week spans from February 7 to February 14.

A Red Rose is mainly the flower that conveys how special is the feeling of a person for his/her special someone. But Roses are not of red color alone.

What happens to Roses of other colors when only the red ones are plucked for Valentine purpose?

A visit to the Arboriculture Nursery of Orissa Government in Unit 2, Bhubaneswar offered a pleasant surprise as Roses of different colors and plants were romancing each other yesterday in the midst of Valentine’s Week.

Would you like to watch them? Here are a few that allowed me to capture their ecstasy in my camera.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S WEEK

HAPPY ROSE DAY

Orissa is equipped with unique data on its letters: Latest part of Sahitya Mahabharat launched

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

AMJournalist Asit Mohanty, the insightful untiring author, whose works cover major areas of Oriya literature, has come out with his latest part of Sahitya Mahabharat, a compilation of his column of the same caption, which Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – chief of ‘Eastern Media’ where he works – released in the evening of January 27 in presence of Sri Rabi Kanungo, editor of Suryaprava, wherefrom the acclaimed column was reaching the readers every fortnight.

SM-CStyled in terms of the epic of principled battle, this part is presented as the second ‘Parva’ and with this, Orissa is now equipped with unique data that help studying contemporary Orissa’ scenario of letters, with its magnificence, and its contradictions.

The compilation provides Orissan authors with a perfect mirror to locate where black spots affect their brilliance.

The column ‘Sahitya Mahabharat’ had generated lots of interest in Orissa as its author was not in byline, but under a pseudonym: ‘Sri Sanjay’. Often hit with his depictions, fame-seekers and award mongers amongst Orissa’s persons of letters were wondering who Sri Sanjay was, even though sagacious analysis and style of the write-ups was making some of them assume that the pseudonym must be of Asit Mohanty.

Release of Sahitya MahabharatPublisher of the compilation Sri Saroj Bal of Orissa’s stylish publishing house ‘Time Pass’ used the occasion to take the curtain off Sri Sanjay. Asit Mohanty came out of the pseudonym.

Editor of Suryapraava Sri Rabi Kanungo gave a great account of the stir the caustic column was making amongst the State’s authors and how he was to disappoint many of his personal friends eager to know the real name of the columnist.

Editor of Sambad and founder of Ama Odisha Sri Soumyaranjan Patnaik, in releasing the book, expressed pride over having a colleague who so ably has acted such a sentinel of Oriya literature. True, many men of letters revolve around Estern Media. But, lest they feel embarrassed, using a pseudonym and that too in a different forum was not necessary for Mr. Mohanty, he said. Uncompromising criticism helps excellence grow and hence Orissa’s writers should welcome both the volumes of Sahitya Mahabharat, opined Patnaik.

Eminent author and scholar Prof. Biswaranjan discussed on the book. We like to share his speech verbatim. It is in Oriya language and meant for the Oriyas of the world.

Modian Party should develop intellectual ability instead of attacking authors like Murugan

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Modian hounds are attacking Tamil Nadu’s acclaimed author Perumal Murugan, whose book ‘Madhorubagan’ has earned tremendous appreciation in the world of letters. But instead of protecting him and freedom of expression, the administration has advised him to stay away from Tiruchengode for his own safety.

The scenario suggests that the obnoxious attacks on the author are resorted to, because. the Modian party, which the Police and administration in Tamil Nadu are now afraid of, has not yet developed its intellectual ability to appreciate a book or counter it on the strength of opposite intellectual and factual polemics.

Madhorubagan, set against early 20th century scenarios of Tiruchengode, was published in 2010 and has remained a hit with several editions. Even its English translation styled ‘One Part Woman’ is running the second edition.

But with frightening growth of Modian Party, Madhorubagan (One Part Woman) is not to grow in readership. Its popularity is not acceptable to Hindu fundamentalists.

The author is facing attacks and threatened with dire consequences. He has in fact gone into exile in fear. His books are put to fire and his peace has been shattered.

If the book is not acceptable to ‘Hindutwa’, the Modian Party should have countered it with intellectual inputs in its own forum or in form of a challenging book. But that, they have resorted to hooliganism to stop circulation of the book and to force the other into ‘exile’, makes it clear that the Modian party has no ability to counter an intellectual product on facts of society.

Mukteswar Dance Festival opened with Leena and Dhiraj in their mesmerizing partnership

By Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak

Mukteswar Dance Festival

LEENAMukteswar Festivals to continue till January 16, opened on 14th with Chorus by Manmath Mishra and troupe followed by the first Oriya receiver of the prestigious Bishmilla Khan Award , Ms. Leena Mohanty presenting her mesmerizing Odissi Solo Dance to the tune of music composed by Guru Dhiraj Kumar Mohapatra.

DhirajGuru Sachidananda Das gave the accompaniment in Mardal, Guru Abhiram Nanda in flute, Guru Swapneswar Chakroverty in Sitar, Guru Agnimitra Behera in Violin. Guru Dhiraj Kumar’s perfect Odissi vocal made the inaugural event memorable.
The second item – Odissi Duet – was presented by Asok Ghosal and Bandita Ghosal. Guru Himansu Shekhar Swain gave the Vocal support, accompanied by Guru Rama Chandra Behera (Mardal), Guru Priti Ranjan Swain (Flute) and Guru Amit Kumar Das (Violin).

The third presentation was Odissi in Group bu the Adruta Dance Group of Bhubasneswar.

Mukteswar Temple Premises, house to the annual festival, was full of connoisseurs inland and foreign.

Minister of Culture & Tourism Ashok Panda and Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Culture Dr. Arababinda Padhi and eminent film artist Nandita Das profusely praised the performers.

My beloved Birthplace Tigiria

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Tigiria, to the lap of which my mother had delivered me, was a beautiful place to live in.

It had tremendous contributions to culture and literature of Orissa. The scripture of warfare – Veera Sarvaswa – was authored here. The scripture of the dance form that is now known as Odissi Dance – Abhinaya Darpana Prakasha – was authored here.

Pandit Bhubaneswar Badapanda, Kabibara Arttabandhu Pattanayak, Prof. Jayakrushna Mishra, Prof. Devi Prasanna Pattanayak are some of the stars Tigiria has posted in the sky of Orissa’s literature.

Entirely humanitarian kings like Banamali Tunga Champatti Singh Mohapatra, revered sentinels like Jagabandhu Rautroy Pattanayak, Freedom fighters like Madhusudan Pattanayak had their birth in this splendid soil.

The world famous Khandua is Tigiria’s contribution to Sri Jagannatha as well as to Odissi Dance. A splendid land of glorious Buddhist past, in post-independence period it has gradually lost its mana to continuous misrule.

Deeply affected by her ruin, in a solitude when none but her was in my heart, that past had enticed me into in its magnificence, which, forms a part of my forthcoming book ‘Ketebele Kemiti’. I am sharing here.

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Oriya Cinema: An Era Ends

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

After keeping cancer defeated for a long period, the epoch making villain of Orissa Cinema, whose personal life was magnificent with nobility, shifted into his domain where no disease can ever reach him, as he breathed his last this noon in a Bhubaneswar based cancer hospital.

Hara Patnaik, spellbinding actor in 36 films, had directed 19 box-office milestones in Oriya celluloid world.

It requires extremely unfailing personal discipline to act a villain in films. He was an acclaimed epitome. With his demise, an era ends in Oriya Cinema.

We dedicate the day to his memories that would stay alive for ever.

CHHADAKHAI in views of Harekrushna Pattanayak

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Buddhist Tantric concept of well-being ‘Panchatattwa’ – Madya, Mansa, Matsya, Mudra, Maithuna – was banned under Hindu fanatic concept of ‘Panchuka’, converting the last five days of ‘Karttika’, the month of Buddhist Sadhavas, to a period of penance, in order to completely extinguish the Buddhist influence over the people of Orissa. Baffling, therefore, is the orgy of fish/meat eating by the very same practitioners of penance on the day immediately following the ‘Panchuka’.

My younger brother Harekrushna Pattanayak, in one of his poems published in his compilation ‘Niraba Pratikriya’ (Silent Reaction) has come down heavily on this cultural hypocrisy. The poem is captioned – Chhadakhai Chhada. It is in Oriya language and, as the occasion is purely an Oriya one, my esteemed visitors belonging to Orissa, may peruse it.

 

 

 

 

Chhadakhai Chhada by Harekrushna Pattanayakchhadakhai...2

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