The Mangaluru Odia Cultural Association celebrates ‘Utkal Divas’

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The Mangaluru Odia Cultural Association celebrates ‘Utkal Divas’

Mangaluru: The Mangaluru Odia Cultural Association (MOCA) organised the Utkal Divas Celebration on April 1st, 2019. The Day was celebrated in the memory of the formation of the Odisha state as a separate province on 1st April 1936. The Venue was Sujir C V Nayak Hall, Kadri Road, Near Bunts Hostel Circle Mangaluru.

Inauguration was at 6.30 pm- Chief Guest for the event was Shri Mrutyunjay Mahapatra-Managing Director and CEO of Syndicate bank. He said he was very happy to participate in the Odia cultural programme at Mangaluru. He mentioned to serve the society at large assimilating the syncretic Jagannath Culture”.

Other Guest of Honors were- Birupaksha Mishra, Executive Director, Corporation Bank, Corporate Office, Mangaluru. He said the odia culture is very old, rich and colourful, he is very happy to see the participation of young kids to perform culture of Odisha; Dr.K.Mohan Pai, Cardiologist and President, GSB Seva Sangh said that “ He is very fond of Odia culture, he mentioned about great poet Jayadeva and shared excellent experience of his visit to Jagannath Temple, Puri during Navakalevara function; Gaurang Swain, Chief Finance Officer, Special Economic Zone ( SEZ), Mangaluru. He mentioned about the great architecture of konark, and Silver works of Cuttack.

Office Bearers- MOCA General Secretary Dr. Umasankar Mohanty, President, Manual Therapy Foundation of India said about the social aim and objective of MOCA and invited all the Odia people in the region to collaborate to serve across the world and make our culture and heritage proud; MOCA President Dr. Ramesh Chandra Sahoo, Professor Emeritus, Manipal University mentioned “ He was very Happy to be part of Jagannath rath yatra of ISKCON since so many years, appreciated participation of children in the programme.”; MOCA Treasurer Mr. Sarbeswar Malla, Service Engineer, Air India, Mangalore thanked the Guests, Invitees, Media and Press.

MOCA Cultural Secretary Mrs. Kalyani Mohanty, Lecturer of Physics, Canara PU College was Master of Ceremony of the Programme.

Other Dignitaries present for the occasion were- Sushant Mahapatra, Senior Manager, Finance,MRPL; Shantanu Kumar Das, DGM (Company Secretary), Corporation Bank Corporate office; Subrata Kumar Das, Manager, The New Indian Express, Mangaluru; and Dr. Kausalya Sahoo, Professor of Pathology, KMC, Mangaluru.

Earlier in the day on 1st April 11 am MOCA organised Fruit Distribution at Mangalore Healthcare Centre for old age people and patients. In the city of Mangalore several Odia people work in all major sectors in Hospitals, Banks, NMPT, MRPL, Railways, Medical Colleges and Teaching institutions.In this Utkal Divas celebrations, nearly 120 families comprising of 300 members people participated in the event.

About ODISHA (UTKAL): The Soul of Incredible India:

Odisha has been rightly regarded as a land of myriad marvels and is one of the oldest civilizations of the world.Odisha is mainly known for its rich culture and the enormous number of ancient temples. The best known of these are the Jagannath Temple, Puri, Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar, and the Konark Sun Temple.

Odisha’s art and crafts offer visitors an indelible experience of its cultural heritage. The traditional colourful and flamboyant traditional pata paintings , silver filigree and stone carving are just mesmerizing. The World famous Odissi dance known for dexterity of finger and eye movements originates from Odisha.

From the soil of Chandipur, Odisha the nuclear capable missiles Akash, Shaurya, Agni, Prithvi and just recently being Barak 8have been tested. The Integrated Test Range missile testing facility is located atChandipur, Odisha plays a major role for safeguarding India and making our country India proud.

Report submitted by: Dr. Umasankar Mohanty, General Secretary, Mangalore Odia Cultural Association

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