Oriya literature enters into family festivities

Determination of Orissa’s main mainstream daily ‘The Sambad’ to strengthen Oriya literature has finally entered into family festivities, which would revolutionize the literature campaign, said the Chief Guest, Journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, who is marked for having released all his books on important days of his family festivities, specifically on birthdays of his children and grand children so far.

Falguni 1Eminent educationist Kailash Chandra Nayak, in his house premises at Mirzapur, linked the endeavor of Sambad Sahitya Ghar (SSG) to associate every household with Oriya literature by celebrating his grandson Phalguni’s birthday with a conference of poets under the banner of SSG, Rasulpur chapter, which he heads.

Pattanayak recalled how India had woke up against the arbitrary rule of the British by patriotic songs and poems by her bards of the struggle and called upon poets to now devote their pens to transmit the message of freedom, the fight for which, is to commence anew. He lauded the Sambad chief Soumya Ranjan Patnaik for having launched the SSG, which is the most appropriate campaign for our mother tongue in contemporary Orissa.


Presided over by Sri Nayak, the Sahitya Ghar conference was addressed by Guests of Honor – Rudranarayan Prusti (President of Jajpur Yuva Lekhaka Sammilani) and Sangram Singh (Jajpur District Representative of Sambad).

Secretary of SSG, Rasulpur, Prahallad Panda and poetess Anjumala Jena coordinated the poem recitation session. As many as 44 poets of the locality, who are members of the SSG, Rasulpur Chapter, including Nirmal Kumar Giri, Bidyadhara Sahu, Nrottam Sahu, Pramod Kumar Dash, Pandav Charan Das, Prabhati Khuntia, Nirmal Kumar Das, Sridhar Sahoo, Santosh Kumar Padhee, Sanatan Guin, , Pramila Devi, Nyamat Ali Khan, Achyutananda Patra, Anjubala Jena (Co-ordinator), , Kailash Chandra Nayak (Presiden, SSG, Rasulpur Chapter), Prahalad Panda (Co-ordinator), and Namasya Nayak recited their poems. Pabitra Mohan Maharatha and Subhas Chandra Pattanayak were the two guest presenters of their poems matching the occasion.


It is remarkable that most of the poems, in the context of India’s future generations symbolized by Phalguni, whose 12th birthday the poets were celebrating, besides being letters of blessing to the boy, were revolutionary poems addressed to dreams for the future.

Young author Achyutananda Patra proposed vote of thanks, when Journalist Devi Prasanna Nayak, father of Phalguni, had introduced the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honor.

Festival of Colors has also a deep dark background

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa is celebrating Dola festival, the festival of colors matching the scintillating arrival of the Spring Season. Radiant new leafs and glowing flowers of deep red, yellow and pink colors – quite seasonal to Spring – prepares this splendid soil for withstanding the scorching Summer.
















With the entire population enjoying the ecstasy of Spring Season, the Dola Purnima – the full moon day of Oriya month Faguna, so named after Fagu (the vibrant colors), becomes the day of liberty for Orissa’s Gopal caste people, who, on annual ‘Bartan’ (economic bondage), tend the cattle of villagers for a period of one year from Pahili Dola (the day following the Full Moon Day of Faguna) till the eve of the next year’s Dola Purnima.

But the day of liberty for them ends in a day. Their bondage begins the day following the Dola Purnima as the cattle owning villagers offer to them ‘Luna’ (salt) and ‘Chana’ (Oriya gram, otherwise known as Khesari) as a mark of their re-employment on ‘Bartan’.

In my childhood days I had seen in Tigiria how they were venting out their inner agony over unending bondage in song and dance to the rhythm of their wooden sticks (‘Panchana’) that they use to keep the cattle herds under control.

In their songs, they invariably recall their lost collective valor by use of which their community hero Sri Krushna had exterminated the tyrannic king Kansa of Mathura. They recall in their songs Sri Krushna’s stay in Gopapura – the land of the Gopala (cattle grazers) till his departure for Mathura and how Radha’s love had made him strong enough to vanquish the enemy of the people.

Behind every traditional folk dance, there is a class history. Dola Dance of the cattle grazers has such a class history that needs a deep study.

This small video, recorded yesterday near Athgarh while I was returning to Bhubaneswar from Tigiria, is a contribution in this regard. It carries the pride of the Gopal people over their valorous past. They use their ‘Panchana’ for tuning their anger against the bondage while recalling of their lost class victory over the demonic Kansa.

As a community, on ‘Bartan’ in villages, they are finding Kansa in upper caste masters whose cattle herds they tend on enforced acceptance of salt and gram. Accurate use of ‘Panchana’, in guise of tuning their songs and dance breaths their suppressed wrath against the exploitive system, though plutocracy has given this a mask of culture.

Time coms and time goes, but agony of the cattle grazers against a Bartan neither ends nor is noticed.


Sad News: The Sun of Orissa’s Cinematic Creativity set today on daybreak at Mumbai

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Is it possible that the Sun sets on daybreak?

Yes. Because, Nirad Mohapatra breathed his last at 6 AM.

When Orissa was to receive the first rays of the Sun, she had no idea that the Sun that had kept her sky of creativity illuminated was setting in the western part of the country in Mumbai.

He was under treatment in a Navy Mumbai Hospital where surgery had dragged him into complications.

Mumbai shall have his pyre in her lap.

The legendary film director whose first feature film Maya Miriga (1984) that had added glory to India’s international image as producer of top quality films, was adjudged the Best Third World Film at International Film Festival at Heidelberg besides many other international and national accolades, had made it a film of speaking peculiarity of Orissa’s family values and vulnerabilities.

Nirad MohapatraWhenever I had visited him, I had seen in him a sage of knowledge on human nature and behavior in social context. A man of extraordinary erudition and ability of interpretation, he had made tremendous contributions to Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune as a student as well as a theoretician member of its faculty.

If cinema is religion, he was master of its theology.

His endeavor to popularize good cinema had made him form a unique platform for the purpose that was known and famous as Cinexstacy. The aptness of the name explains its aim. It was not only a platform for popularization of good cinema, but also a provider of opportunities for cinema scholars to watch and interact on world famous classics.

The world knows how many landmark documentaries he has made.
The world will remember him for the pattern he had in directing the documentaries.

His cultural documentaries such as Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa (1974), Chhau Dance of Mayurbhanja (1985), Pata Painting (1986), Maestros of Odfissi (1995) are as masterpieces as are his ecological documentaries like The vanishing Frontier (1989), and Chilika – A fragile Eco-system (2002). If The Story of Cement (1976) was an industrial documentary, the documentary on polio – A New Horizon – was a touching tribute to the physically challenged brave members of society in context of State’s awareness to their need. He has many more documentaries on behalf of various departments/institutes. But in all of them, the uniquely distinct Niradian touch will continue to attract cinema producers, directors and scholars desirous in knowing how best a documentary could be made to deliver the desired message.

As I share the sad news that on daybreak today, the Sun of Orissa’s cinematic creativity set in the western horizon of India in Mumbai, I stand in solemn silence in his memory.

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.




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.


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