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|by Dr. Kumarendra Mallick|
Murals on walls of village houses in Raghurajpur Artists Village, near Puri, Orissa.
Orissa has a golden history behind it. Famous temples at Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar add to its glory. Traders in the past sailed to Bali, Java, Sumatra, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and other eastern islands for business. The famous AngkorWat (wat mean temple in khmer language) dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Buddha in Cambodia stand as testimony to our ancient art and sculpture. It may be noted here that traders from east coast states did travel to Fareast, too, for trade.
Great poets like Jayadev, Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanj, Kabisurya Baldev Rath, King Sudhal Deb, Kabibar Radhanath Ray, Pandit Gopabandhu Dash and many others have enriched the cultural life of the state. The state boasts to have four Jnanpith Awardees: Sachidanand Routray, Gopinath Mohanty, Dr. Sitakant Mohapatra and Pratibha Ray. Odissi style of dance has captured the attention of many.
Under Guru late Kelu Charan Mohapatra, we have dancers like Sonal Mansinha, late Sanjukta Panigrahi, Kumkum Mohanty and many others to enrich our dance traditions. Dola Ganguly, wife of former Cricket Captain Saurabh Ganguly, is an Odissi dancer. Singers like Nimai Charan Harichandan, Balakrishna Dash, late Akshay Mohanty, late Sikander Alam, Gaghunath Panigrahi, Sunanda Pattnaik, Prafull Kar and many others have regaled the people of Orissa for generations.
It is unfortunate that after independence except for a brief period during Biju Pattanaik’s chief ministership Orissa has remained a neglected state. In spite of its vast resources the progress is slow leaving it to be a poor state. In the last decade there have been some improvements, negligible though. The western Orissa is very beautiful. There are many a tourist spots in the state. Chilika, the biggest in-land lake, is a poet’s dream. Not only the migratory birds from Europe and Malaysia, it attracts many tourists, specially in winter.
On its formation day, we wish all the very best to the state and its people.
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03/31/2016 10:04 AM