The Kandhamal District administration and literary organizations of the district collaborated in celebrating the golden jubilee of Orissa sahitya Akademi on 18 November 2007.

Inaugurated by the District Collector Bhabagrahi Mohapatra, the event commenced with a stress on recognition of Kui as a language in order to help the Kandh tribes entering into the mainstream of society. District Board Chairperson Smt. Kuntala Mallik was the Chief Guest.

Chairing the event, Akademi VP, H.R.Gandhi dwelt on how Oriya literature is dovetailed with folklores and folk stories prevalent in tribal belt of Orissa including Kandhamal.

Dr. Premananda Mohapatra’s keynote address projecting contemporary Oriya literature provided the base for Jubilee discussion wherein Dr. nalini Kumar Panigrahi and Adityeswar Mishra participated.

The Jubilee poet meet was presided over by Dr. Purna Chandra Mohanty, Principal of Phulbani Women’s College. Smt. Pranati Tripathy and Sri Kishore Chandra Mishra were the coordinators.

The evening was dedicated to applied culture with active participation by the local Dance Academy, Nataraj Kala Mandir and Koel Kala Samsad. Project Director of Rural Development P.K.Rath joined as Chief guest. Sri Banamali Panigrahi and Dr. Madhusudan Mohapatra were the guests of honor.

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