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Saturday, 06 October 2018 05:47 Written by


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.


Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:47 Written by


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.

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:00 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta 

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.


Thursday, 23 August 2018 04:32 Written by


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.






Sunday, 05 August 2018 05:11 Written by


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.


Nandanik observes 4th Foundation Day with Lecture & Asim Basu Memorial Award at Koraput

Thursday, 02 August 2018 13:04 Written by


Koraput,02/08/18:Nandanik, a Theatre group based in Koraput, Odisha celebrated its 4th foundation day by holding the first edition of the Foundation Day Lecture. The lecture, titled The relevance of non proscenium theatre in the present scenario was delivered by Shri Subodh Patnaik, internationally recognized theatre director from Odisha. 

Sourav Gupta, creative director of Nandanik said in his opening note said that academic institutions follow the practice of foundation day lecture and theatre is also an academic process so this lecture is being constituted which is to follow every year. Justifying the topic he also said that since Nandanik is exploring non proscenium spaces in Koraput so it is essential to gather knowledge about its aesthetics. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Patnaik lamented the fact that in India the European Proscenium Theatre is being widely practiced as mainstream and also supported by the government whereas India’s own folk drama which is primarily non proscenium is utterly neglected. Shri Patnaik mentioned several non proscenium spaces world over and in India which has been existing prior to advent of proscenium. He traced the history & development of Indian Theatre in context to the Natyashastra. He explained the aesthetics of non proscenium theatre mentioning greats like Badal Sircar & contemporary practitioners like Ratan Thiyam, Probir Guha among others. He concluded by saying that there is no conflict between two and both have to learn from each other, however, non proscenium theatre is ailing and needs support. The lecture was delivered for one hour & forty five minutes in front of a packed audience. The session was presided over by Shri Gauri Prasad Rath, who in his presidential remarks traced the open air theatre practice in Koraput region. 

The first Asim Basu Memorial Award 2018, named after Shri Asim Basu, the late thespian of Odisha Theatre as a mark of encouragement to young theatre artist was given to Saumendra Kumar Swain from Nandanik, Koraput. Bhaswati Basu, actress & daughter of Asim Basu gave a speech on her father and gave away the award. She was extremely appreciative of Nandanik’s initiative to encourage new generation to take up theatre. The vote of thanks was delivered by Monideepa Gupta. The programme was compeered by Dr Jhansi Singh, Lecturer, Semiliguda College & held at COATS Seminar Hall, Koraput. 

On 3rd & 4th August, Nandanik is going to hold the 3rd edition of the Deomali Jatiya Natya Mahotsava 2018. This year the festival features plays by teams from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Kolkata and Koraput. Arjun Samataray from Bhubaneswar will perform his solo Ichcha. Rajesh Panda with his batchmates of Drama Department of Sambalpur University will perform Station under the banner of Natyashala. Nandanik will premiere its new play Takshaka by Manoj Mitra under the direction of Sourav Gupta. The main attraction of this festival is the staging of Kushilab, a Bangla play by the 52 year old Theatre Workshop from Kolkata. The play is a solo performance by Shri Ashok Mukhopadhyay, a veteran of Bangla theatre stage who has worked with greats like Sambhu Mitra, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay & Satyajit Ray to name a few. Apart from plays there are other items like film screening, instrumental music etc. 

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 2016, 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.

Musical night, Shaam-e-Rafi organized to memorize Mohammed Rafi

Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:57 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta 

ROURKELA,01/08/18:Remembering Mohammed Rafi is a great thing and artist performing in his memories feels great, so this happened in Rourkela organized by Mohammed Rafi Socio cultural Trust at Bhanj Bahanwan on 31st Night when the entire city was under the influence of rain. This programme was a tribute to Mohammed Rafi on his 38th Death Anniversary. A large numbers of music lovers and artist have participated this great event and paid a tribute for this great legendary artist. The function was kicked start in the evening with light lamping and garlanding the photo of the Mohammed Rafi. Followed by inaugural speech by Director of HUM Nishad, Dr. Sanchita and highlighted the activities based on the philosophy, mission and vision of HUM Nishad and welcomed the gathering. With the time passed by the event were very colorful and melodious with beautiful songs sung by Late Mohammed Rafi. Many artists including Dr. Sanchita Choudhury, Rajveer Singh, Md Qasim, Udipto Thakur, Debajit Rabha had sung selective popular songs of Mohammed Rafi. Many songs including classical and devotional songs were sung which was appreciated by the audience present there. The entire musical event was viewed by a large music lover including Media personalities. The entire show was anchored and compared by Sagar Kumar.

Community Media Specialist N. A. Shah Ansari elected as National President of Community Radio Association, India.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 04:08 Written by


NewDelhi/Bhubaneswar,31/07/18:: Renowned Community Media Specialist N. A. Shah Ansari has been elected as National President of Community Radio  Association, India. Today during Annual meeting of the association Mr Ansari was elected in unanimous decision of the members from different states at New Delhi. 

Since more than a decade Mr Ansari is closely associated with community media sector & working hard for setting up community radios & its sustainability in different states of India. In his able leadership the first community radio of Odisha, Radio Namaskar is established & running effectively at Konark and received National Community Radio Award twice. He is also leading the state wide campaign ‘MissionCR314’ to establish community radios in each block of Odisha. He is a known face in different South Asian countries as an effective community media Guru. Since early student hood Mr Ansari is involved in community development activities & has bagged several national & international awards like National Youth Award, Indira Gandhi NSS Award, International Community Participation Award etc. He has planned to open an National Institute for Community Media at Konark soon.

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