Talcher,19/11/18:A musical programme by Celebrity Bollywood singer Prathibha Singh Baghel of Saregama Fame & Troupe was organised on the occasion of 44 th NTPC Raising day celebration at NTPC Talcher Kaniha on 17.11.2018. The day was celebrated as foundation day of Maharatna NTPC which was founded on November 7, 1975.
On this special day Chief Guest Narasingha Bhol ,DIG(Angul) & Shri Santosh James,Chief General Manager inaugurated the programme by lighting of lamps in the august presence of Shri S K Misra ,Additional SP (Angul) & Shri Paresh Chandra Nayak ,Sub Collector ,Talcher.
On the occasion school children of NTPC Kaniha who have been selected for musical performance for NTPC Raising Celebration at New Delhi too performed with title "Jeevan ek boond ki kahani" highlighting importance of water in life.
Ollywood Singers Sudip Prabha & Sarmsita Sarkar too performed during the musical programme. The musical night saw the participation in huge numbers which included senior officials employees, representatives of union and association, associates and people from nearby villages.
Star Prathibha Singh Baghel sang and danced on the some of the latest top chart songs & old evergreen songs including famous odia song "ranga bati.."which was the major attraction of the musical night. Crowd gathered on the occasion were enthralled with the voice of the singers and were found cheering & dancing with all time hit numbers.
Bhubaneswar,17/11/18:A commemorative event for the Birth Centenary of Prof. Dev Mohapatra is to be held on 18 November '2018 at National School of Drama , Delhi.
Some distinguished speakers invited for the event are Lalit Mansingh(former Ambassador), Dharmendra Pradhan (Union Minister), Suparno Satpathy (Chairman SNSMT), Mahesh Sharma (Union Minister), Ashok Chandra Panda (Minister in Odisha) , Jatin Das (Artist) and Sunil K Bhargava (Resident Commissioner in Delhi for Govt. of Odisha) .
Prof. Dev Mohapatra an author and creative artist from Odisha made significant contributions in the field of literature and theatre in the early period post Independence era of India.
His first Odia book in 1940 'Drushtikon' written on 'sex and love' was a taboo in that age, but the same was critically acclaimed by established writers of that era Laxmikanta Mohapatra, Harishchandra Baral and Radhanayak Gadnayak. They had appreciated the then young Dev's ideas.
In 1948 Dev Mohapatra launched his seminal work an illustrated hand written magazine in Odia from Bombay called “Kumkum”. No magazine of its kind had been published till date in Odia literature and naturally Kumkum created a sensation in the literary world back then.
Kumkum proudly holds the place as the first hand written illustrated Odia magazine. Even after 68 years of its ceasing publication Kumkum is still fondly remembered as a unique, one of its kind magazine of its era.
Many well known Odia writers wrote articles for Kumkum. Writers such as Phaturananda (Ramachandra Misra), poetess Bidyut Prabha Devi, Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mahapatra, Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu, Padmabhushan Kalindi Charan Panigrahni, Padmashri Manoj Das, Rajkishore Mohanty and also the Ex Chief Minister of Odisha Nandini Satpathy.
In 1959 Dev Mohapatra was selected for a UNESCO scholarship to study Scenic Design and Theatre Architecture in Japan and returning from there he got the job of an Associate Professor at the newly established National School of Drama.
He remained associated with NSD and the theatre world from 1960 till 1995, the year he passed away due to a sudden illness. He made significant contributions towards popularizing Odissi dance form and dancers in the national capital.
Cuttack,13/11/18: Eminent Odia singer Chitta Jena breathed his last at a private hospital in Cuttack today morning.
His well known songs which people still remembers ‘Mo Priya Tharu Kiye’, ‘Rupa heithiba labanyabati, ‘Udi gala gendalia’ and ‘Ki Sundara Aaha Ki Aananda Maya’ are the ones that have captured the hearts of Odias.
Jena was born in the year 1941 and lent his voice for the first time in 1974 for the movie ‘Mana Akasha’ and was awarded with the prestigious ‘Prafulla Kar Samman’ by Prafulla Kar Foundation for his outstanding achievement in the field of music and lending voice to popular compositions.
Members of the Odia film fraternity have mourned the loss of the veteran singer.
“It is very difficult to believe that he left us. It is a big loss for us. He had an extraordinary voice,” eminent singer/composer Prafulla Kar said.
Speaking about Jena, Odia actor Mihir Das said, “He stood like a pillar for his family. His death leaves a void that cannot be filled. His memories will always remain with us.”
Bhubaneswar,30/09/18:The Cultural Committee of XUB is gearing up to present the very first edition of Xamboree - the flagship event of XUB, which is slated to be the biggest Cultural – Management fest of Eastern India. Spread across 3 days, from 4th-6th October 2018, it will be a blend of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds coming together for music, art, theatre, literature and business events and will put to test their intellectual, oratory, artistic, creative skills and business inclination. It is an opportunity for students from different schools and colleges to hone their talents to fiercely compete. It is expected to have more than 100 educational institutions participating and a footfall of over 5000. This is the platform to inspire and be inspired, and it stays true to its vision of motivating the youth of our nation to think out of the box, expand their horizons and reach the zenith of success in all their endeavours.The students of Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier School of Rural Management, Xavier School of Sustainability Management, Xavier Center of Urban Management & Governance, and Xavier School of Commerce have left no stone unturned to ensure that the magnum opus is a huge success.
A myriad of exhilarating events is lined up with loads of exciting prizes to offer.
The first day will witness stage events, including ‘Dhwani’, a musical extravaganza, and a fashion show christened ‘Runway Roll’. The student body have planned business events like Gladiator, Proact, Urbrainiac,Skill Cityand Business Buzzwhich are an amalgamation of management scenarios prevailing in the real world. The MUN (Modern United Nations) will commence on the first day, andaHandicraft Stall will be put up in the campus for all three days of the fest where the work of our precious Mess Staff will be on sale.
Day two will comprise of ‘Sonix’, a battle of bands, followed bythe finale of Dhwaniand Chakravyuh, a business simulation game. The Social Responsibility Cell of XUB along with X-Seed, the entrepreneurship cell, is providing the students a platform to present theirbusiness models in ‘Samriddhi’. ‘Shristi’, a photography competition will be conducted by X-lens, the photography society of XUB while XIMAHR, the student's association of Xavier School of Human Resource Management, will be organizing a problem-solving simulation called Case In point. A workshop will be organized for the Literature Lovers by the famous Scribbled Stories.
The final day will start with Tamasha, the street play competition, followed by Footloose, an event dedicated to all the dancers. Viraasat, a celebration of the culture of our past and present, by the XUB chapter of
SPICMACAY, will also be held on the last day along with an inter college social entrepreneurship competition, Spardha. The grand finale will be Celeblitz, a musical fiesta by the most sensational rapper in the country - Badshah, accompanied by the very talented Aastha Gill.
This 3-day spectacle promises to be a unique experience for everyone who believes in the power of the students, who, through their medium of expression, are steering the winds of change.
Bhubaneswar,27/09/18:Art Vision is organising the 14th Sangam Festival, a confluence of dance, on the 29th of September at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar.
The festival is conceived as an offering of new and exclusive choreographic compositions in two different dance styles in honour of all the Gurus who have guided and inspired us. Every year two styles of dance come together on the same platform to showcase recent and innovative works. While Odissi is a constant factor, the other classical style varies every year.
This year the new choreography presented by Art Vision repertory group is ‘Refugee’ a dance production which attempts to bridge the gap between the world of artistic expression and the social reality of today world. It is an artist reaction to our times intended to heal the divisions created by hate and greed through a message of peace and harmony conveyed through dance. The script- is by Devdas Chhotray and music by Laxmikanta Palit. Concept and choreography by Ileana Citaristi.
The guest group joining this year is the Sarfojiraje Bhosale Centre, from Mumbai, lead by Sangeet Natak Academy awardee Bharat Natyam dancer, Sandhya Purecha. The group will present ‘Arthashringara’ Dr Purecha’s pioneering effort to break the shackles between Shastra and Sampradaya. As an academician, she is developing an elaborate process of learning the Shastra (theory) and being a performer, she aims at achieving it through Sampradaya (practice). The music is by Manoj Desai and choreography by Sandhya Purecha.
ROURKELA:”JANMASTHAMI” is a big festival which is celebrated across India, epically in UP, Maharasthra, Uttarkhand, Bihar and Odisha. Lord Krishna took birth on this day which is celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna(eighth avatar of Vihsnu). He is also known as Bala Gopal. Odisha is state of rich in festive rituals. Janmasthami is one among many big festivals we celebrate. Though Rourkela is a multilingual city, people celebrate Janamsthami with all joy and enthusiasm. Devotees have seen visiting Lord Bishnu, Jagarnnath and Krishna and Radha temples in Rourkela. Devotees have bought varieties of fruits and sweets to offer puja. Usually this puja is offered in the late evening; anyway devotees have celebrated throughout the day. Majorly three four temples are seen maximum devotees had darshans, i.e Jagarnnath temple at sector-3, Radha Krishna temple at Sector-14, Radha Krishna temple near Mousima temple, Ambagaon, Jagarnnath temple at Koelnagar, Jagarnnath temple at Jhirpani, Krishna temple in Rourkela and Civil Township. ISKON group has also celebrated this programme in a massive way in Kalyan Mandap, Koelnagar which was kick started in the morning with Bhajan and offering prayer to lord Krishna. They had programmes throughout the day and also have arranged Bhajan Sandhya in the evening with Prasad sevan. They also organized different essay and Dance competition on mythology and Lord Kirshna. ISKON organizations have been celebrating Janmasthami celebrations since last 10 years. They have 3 days celebration programme this time which will start from 2nd to 4th September. In this prorgrmme, Jual Oram ,Cabinet minister for Tribal Affairs has participated as Guest and many other leading personalities of Rourkela were also present including Subrat Tarai, MLA, Raghunathpalli. In various temples this festive celebration has been organizing for more than two decades. The entire area near celebration site was looking colourful with people wearing new dresses and carrying required items to offer Prasad to Lord Krishna.
Bhubaneswar,23/08/18: Veteran Ollywood actor Debu Bose passed away last night at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He was 76.
Bose was undergoing treatment at the hospital since May, this year and put on life support system as his condition was critical. Earlier, he had suffered heart attacks twice.
Born on December 2, 1942, Bose has acted in over 150 Odia movies. The popular actor has also acted and produced several Odia television series.
He started his acting career in 1980s with the movie ‘Tapasya’. He later went on to win hearts of many cine lovers in Odisha with his influential acting in ‘Pua Mora Kala Thakura’, ‘Samaya Kheluchi Chaka Bhaunri’, ‘Ki Heba Sua Posile’, ‘Phula Chandana’, ‘Suna Chadhei’, ‘Kaberi’, ‘Sahari Bagha’ etc.
A pall of gloom descended on the Odia film industry after the demise of Bose, who was popular for portraying father characters in movies.
Koraput,05/08/18:Curtains came down among a big round of applause in a audience packed auditorium as the third edition of Nandanik's Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava 2018 concluded with the premiere of the organizing team's Takshaka, a play by Manoj Mitra adapted to Odia & directed by Sourav Gupta. Based on a story from the Mahabharata, the play heralds the victory of life over death.
Earlier in the evening, Ashok Mukhopadhyay, veteran actor from Kolkata gave a scintillating solo performance titled Kushilab, a play which traced the socio economic & political journey of Bengal post independence through the eyes of a retired actor. The story is by Swapnomoy Chakraborty & produced by Theatre Workshop, Kolkata directed by Mukhopadhyay himself. The audience comprising mainly locals remained glued to their seats throughout the hour long play inspite of it being in a different language.
Shri Krishna Singh, eminent author & social worker was the chief guest of the evening.Youngster Abinash Pani mesmerised everyone with his tabla performance in between the two plays.
The 3rd Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava started on 3rd August 2018 with Odia plays Station & Ichha performed by Natyashala & Kathakara, both the teams based in Bhubaneswar. The first play, directed by Rajesh Panda dealt with the life of two beggars in the trains & platforms. The performers are alumni of the Drama Department, Sambalpur University. The second play was a solo performance by Arjun Samantaray, written & directed by him also, where he dealt with sensitive issues relating to women in our society, the treatment which they get and the suffering they undergo. The audience were enthralled with the freshness of their content & form.
Ashok Mukhopadhyay, who retired as a Professor of Mass Communication at the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata has been associated with the Bangla theatre stage for 58 years and his group, Theatre Workshop is 52 year old now. To celebrate this journey in theatre an a biographical documentary film titled Rangabhumi Bhalobasi , directed by Santanu Saha was screened. Nandanik felicitated Shri Mukhopadhyay on behalf of people of Koraput.
On both days Ashok Mukhopadhyay, himself a stalwart of the Bangla stage, appreciated the three Odia plays. he was nostalgic on seeing Nandanik's Takshaka , a play which he himself had directed in Bangla for Theatre Workshop, way back in 1975. Shri Mukhopadhyay praised the continuous theatre efforts of Nandanik in Koraput, the temperament of the audience and hoped that soon Koraput will become a great centre of Odisha theatre.
The Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava is a multi state multi language theatre festival started in 2016 by Nandanik with an aim to facilitate cultural exchange between theatre of Odisha & other states. In last two years plays have been staged in Odia, Bangla, Marathi, Hindi & Urdu language. This is the only national level theatre festival in south Odisha organized by a theatre group without any government grant.
Formed in 2016, Nandanik is a theatre group operated by youth of Koraput under the direction of Sourav Gupta & Monideepa Gupta with help from local youth. Since its inception on 1st August 2014, Nandanik has catapulted Koraput onto the national cultural map by its continuous theatre activities including drama productions by seniors & children, workshops, festivals and seminars.
Nandanik has collaborated with national government organizations like Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata & Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.