Immortal Comrade

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Eyes full of dreams that a day would come when post-independence emancipation shall not remain a day-dream for Indian Masses, heart full of compassion for human beings, mind full of alertness to guard the interest of the common man in the best possible creative way, Comrade Puranjan Roy passed away last evening. A bright star of humanitarianism and communist consciousness, a thought-provoking IPTA veteran has left the sky of Orissa’s Left brilliance in the evening of June 17.

We stand in silence in searching his place in our hearts.

Immortal Comrade, Lal Salaam. Lal Salaam.

Tigiria Celebrates Champaka Dwadashi

Champakdwadasi is Tigiria’s famous festival of fireworks where controlled application of gunpowder write excellent scripts of ecstasy in the sky in welcoming the season of showers and sowing of seeds in the soil, said eminent journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak on the occasion of inauguration of the festival on June 09. A son of the soil, he was felicitated for ‘social service’.

SCP after felicitation

Formerly a Princely State, Tigiria was famous for production of excellent rice. Its richly fertile soil is so immensely suitable for agriculture that cultivators from neighboring States were migrating to Tigiria and amongst all the ex-States, this was the most densely populated, as per statistics recorded by the British. So, when Summer reaches its last stage and monsoon approaches the land, people of Tigiria celebrate the union of Earth with Heaven symbolical represented by Parvati and Siva on the day of Champak Dwadasi.

Power politics having destroyed the unity of the people, this festival was abandoned for decades after Panchayati Raj metamorphosed into a new era of anarchy. A great tradition of Tigiria had died.

But villagers of Puruna Tigiria, Amunihasahi, Paikianra and Chasanra have revived this tradition since four years and this year, it was the ‘Fourth Champakdwadasi Mahotsava’, observed for two days.

Odishi in Champak Dwadasi Festival

The first day dedicated to music and dance performed by local artists and the second day to display of fireworks for which Tigiria is famous since ancient days.

The festival commenced with lighting the lamp of inauguration collectively by the organizers: Kabichandra Nayak (Chairman), Kabichandra Parida (President), Dibakar Pradhan (Vice President) Adhyapak Manoranjan Mohanty (Secretary), Pabitra Mohan Jena (Joint Secretary), Duryodhan Basti (treasurer) of the ‘Sri Sri Shankareswar Mahadev Shanti Pragati Parisad, under the banner of which the celebrations are held. With them were village committee leaders of the four villages: Mana Ranjan Nayak (President, Puruna Tigiria), Laxman Majhi (Secretary, Puruna Tigiria), Basanta Kumar nayak (President, Paikianra), Benudhar Jena (Secretary, Paikianra), Kulamani Swain (President, Chasanra), Narendra Kumar Mohanty (President, Amunihasahi) and Mangaraj Raut (Secretary, Amunihasahi). Local Sarapanch Pramod Kumar Majhi and Samiti member Ms. Madhuyotsna Priyadarshini had joined them along with Panchayat Samiti Chairman Bhagirathi Nanda, Journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Tahsildar of Tigiria Binod Kumar Jena and Sub-Divisional Police Chief Krutibas Jena.

The meeting was presided over by Kabichandra Parida and coordinated by Adhyapak Manoranjan Mohanty. Chairman of Tigiria Panchayat Samiti Bhagirathi Nanda was the Chief Guest.

Others felicitated were Rajkishre Behera (Journalism), Sambit Kumar Tunga (Bravery),

On the 2nd day of the celebrations, bright students of Tigiria were felicitated. They included Nilakantha Behera (Block Level High School topper) and Ms. Diptimayee Sahu (Panchayat level Matric topper) and Block level Upper Primary Scholarship holders: Rakesk Amahant, Sonali Piroi, Jyotiranjan Jena, Sima Nayak, Snehamanjari Majhi, and Purnima Behera.

When Athgarh Sub-Collector Madhusudan Mishra, as chief guest of the concluding day witnessed the unique display of fireworks, the inaugural day was celebrated with performance of Pala, Pallinrutya, Panchana Nrutya, Balashree, Ghanta Badya o Nrutya, Odissi, Chhau, Sambapuri Nrutya and Bhajan by local artists, specifically of Durga Devi Dance Academy, Panchagan – a village whose participation in Champak Dwadasi in the past was immense.

In placing the annual report of the festival, Parisad Secretary Adhyapak Manoranjan Mohanty advanced the idea of an exhibition of Tigiria’s indigenous products like the unique Khandua fabric of Nuapatna and replicas of Tigiria’s famous Banas like the Haveli and literary works of authors born in Tigiria including palm-leaf manuscripts over and above display of agricultural equipments and technologies for benefit of the cultivators.

Justice being violated in Sanctum Sanctorum of Justice: Indira Jaising

Progressive Lawyers’ Association, Orissa offered recently a ‘Special Distinguished Lecture’ by India’s eminent lawyer, Additional Solicitor General Ms. Indira Jaising.

“Judicial Accountability and Judicial Ethics” was the topic on which she dwelt recently at Bhubaneswar.

Coming down heavily on the architects of the environment where Multi-National Corporations are perpetrating the crimes, but tribals are being prosecuted, she roared that India is infested with inherited judiciary and justice is being violated in the sanctum sanatorium of justice.

We place here her unedited speech, as to us, her every word is of relevance –

Organized by ‘Progressive Lawers’ Association’ (PLA) and ‘Law and Governance Foundation’ (L&GF) on May 15, the event was introduced by President of PLA, Kshirod Raut, who expressed deep dismay over judiciary taking over the Constitution in the matter of appointment of judges to the Apex Court.

Orissa Bar Council Member and Secretary of PLA and L&GF, Mr. Bibhu Prasad Tripathy also was worried over discernible decline in adherence to ethics in the system of justice when situation has become so alarming that, creation and implementation of law to ensure judicial accountability is getting louder and calling as never before. The system is to be saved from rising anarchy, he stressed, while maintaining “we are at war with ourselves” in this process.

Prof. V. Nagaraj, who recently preferred to relinquish the post of Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa than entertaining illegal interventions, dwelt extensively on judicial ethics and expressed deep agony over growing feeling that there should be specific laws to make judges accountable. Care should be taken to recruit judges on the basis of their aptitude, he said while stressing on effective selection mechanism to weed out undeserving aspirants for judgeship so that the courts would stay the temples of justice as contemplated in the country’s Constitution.

A book on Child Sexual Abuse by activist Shaila Behera was released by Ms. Jaising, who was felicitated by Smt. Shailabala Pujari with Swayamprabha Samman.

Advocate Kumar Bastia coordinated the debate and Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India, Ms. Anindita Pujari proposed the vote of thanks.

Prof. Sarat Pujari was as humble as firm in real and celluloid life: Prof. Malabika Ray

By Pabitra Maharatha

In paying rich tributes to Orissa’s iconic actor and its life member Sarat Pujari, Bhubaneswar Music Circle (BMC) recalled the eminent educationist, who besides being an art lover, was a great Director and theater personality. Looking back on him, Prof. Malabika Ray said, he was a “great human being” who was “as humble as firm in real and celluloid life”.

At Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar, in the evening of May 18. BMC began the event with violinist Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak offering his tributes with Guru Sandeep Kumar Raut giving accompaniment with Tabla.

L.P.Pattanayak in memory of Sarat Pujari

Laxmi Prasad, a regular guest faculty in Utkal University of Culture commenced his offering in Raga Kirwani set to Bilambit-Madhya-Dhrut Tintal and ended in Raga Khamaj Dhun set to Tal Dadra.

Shiv Prasad Rao of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi rendered Hindustani Vocal in Rag Jayashree set to Bilambit Tintal with Mahammad Kamil and Akash Ranjit giving accompaniment in Tabla and Harmonium respectively.

Eminent dramatist Anant Mohapatra and Lalatendu Rath also spoke on Prof. Pujari.


OM Bureau
Samaveda eventBhubaneswar is agog to welcome May 5. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya would celebrate its Jayanti Utsav 2014, which the eminent institute of culture – Samaveda – is organizing at Idcol Auditorium, Bhubaneswar.

Young, yet shining stars in Orissa’s sky of music and dance would grace the occasion with stage performances. When Pravat Kumar Swain would present Odissi Dance, Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak’s Violin would perform ‘instrumental duet’ with Nigamanand Sahu’s Flute. Both of them, disciples of Prof. Sunil Singh Mahanta and Prof. Mohini Mohan Pattanayak respectively, are accomplished national scholars in their respective fields and are Gurus whose students have bagged national scholarship too. Pravat Kumar is the disciple of Ms. Aruna Mohanty.

Besides them, the charming performer Kulamani Sahoo would present Tabla solo when Biswaranjan Mishra would contribute accompaniment to instrumental duet. Both of them are disciples of Prof. Harmohan Khuntia.

Other performers would be the Hindustani Vocal Group and students of Samaveda.

Gnanapith award to Prativa Ray was manipulated, states Bibhuti Patnaik

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Eminent academician and author Bibhuti Patnaik has stated that Sitakant Mohapatra “purchased” Gnanapith award for Ms. Prativa Ray by way of manipulation, similarly as he had misused his position to get her nominated to executive council of the Central Sahitya Academy in 2002.

cover of chithi_spring 14In a letter to Prof. Biswaranjan, published in the Spring 2014 edition of ‘Biswaranjananka CHITHI’, Bibhutibabu has expressed deep concern over aggressive spread of feudalism in the world of letters despite extermination of kingship and zamidari. Big industrialists and ultra-high wealth accumulators have emerged as new kings and zamidars in the world of letters by way of literary awards like Saraswati and Gnanapith they have created and control. Civilian Awards like Padma for literature and fabulous cash prizes for literary works are just the fripperies of literary feudalism, he has observed.

In penning an exposure, he has come down heavily on Sitakant Mohapatra, who, according to him, had misused his position as Chairman of National Book Trust of India to get Ms. Prativa Ray nominated to General Council of India’s National Academy of Letters and has again misused his position as Chairman of the Gnanapith Selection Committee to give her the Gnanapith Award.

Bibhuti Patnaik on literary awardsDeclaring that he shall tirelessly, even if alone, continue to fight against this cultural feudalism and literary anarchy, Bibhutibabu has said that such mess in literature, so discernible today, is generated by the diseased mentality of certain persons that pull back the writers from the front row, by any means, to snatch away awards like Gnanapith and Saraswati.

The fellows who, too deficient to win, are “purchasing” these awards to decorate themselves with; and the fellows who, despite being in selection committees, are helping them in this illicit work, are despicable, he has said, while deploring how, instead of condemning these fellows for their vileness, we are saluting them.

Holi is not a festival of color; by origin, it is celebration of squirting in blood of the oppressor

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Indian trading community has mastered in inventing methods of fetching monetary profits by misdirecting mass consciousness from ancient India’s glorious battles against tyranny to imagined divinity, so that the exploiters may stay safe generation after generations with the idea of eliminating the tyrants for emancipation of the tortured people pushed into oblivion.

Thus the Hori or Holi has corrupted into a festival of colors that fetches thousands of crores of rupees as profit from trade in colors and hats and apparels and squirt-guns et cetera.

The word ‘Hori (Holi) is basically found in a peculiar Oriya exposition – RAKTARA HORI – that stresses on squirting each other with the blood of the tormentor.

It has its origin in an episode in Sabha Parva of Mahabharata. Bhaumaasura was a demonic satyr who had abducted Twasta’s daughter Kasheru and kept her in a fort called Oudaka in Mani Parbata, where he had also kept confined 16,000 young women for his sadistic pleasure. Another ill-famed misogynist Muraasura had made the fort impregnable by setting around it six thousand traps fitted with sharp blades. Whosoever ever tried to enter thereinto, was caught in the trap and destroyed. Srikrushna, the matriarch leader of Mahabharata, destroyed those six thousand traps, annihilated Muraasura and freed the confined women. They celebrated their freedom by squirting each other with the blood of the cruel Muraasura in commemoration of which Hori became a festival that reminds of how bloody extermination of exploiters is also necessary if weaker section of the society is to progress without fear.

Ancient India offers many revolutionary solutions to problems that keep the people oppressed. But one is to know them by cutting open the cocoon of mindless belief in divinity in which man has kept himself incarcerated.


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