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Sunday, 09 December 2018 12:05 Written by

Report;Basant Rath,Odishabarta

Nabarangpur,08/12/18:The Mondei festival and Pallishree mela began here on Friday.Theinaugural puja was performed at Maa Bhandara Gharani the presiding deity of this district. The rituals were performed at the temple to obtain the divine ordain (Agyanmala) of the deity.

Chief guest SC and ST development minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, MP Balabhadra Majhi,Chairperson of district planning committee and local MLA Manahar Randhari, Chairman of Estimate Committee and Bahmagiri, MLA Sanjaya Das Burma, Dabugam MLA Bhujabala Majhi, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, Chairperson of Zilla Parishad, Bhagabati Bhatra, Chairperson of tribal development council Motiram Nayak, Chairperson of Odisha Cashew development corporation Muna Khan,Collector Ajit Kumar Mishra, present at inaugural puja and procession.

The colourful carnival procession moved to Mahatma Gandhi Marga, passed through the main road thoroughfares of the town and reached near the festival podium at Police ground. Besides the traditional folk dance troupes’ students from various schools, colleges andmembers of various outfits participated in the procession. The Mondei carnival reached Mondei Rangamanch in the evening. The symbolic Mondei Mahotshav Bima, Bhimani, were installed near the Mondei ground. Later Palishree Mela was inaugurated by the Chief Guest.

 Speaking on the occasion Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, said through Mondei, the district showcases the hidden talent and also reaches out to the people to create awareness about the different government schemes. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition, Majhi said.

Chairperson of district planning committee and local MLA Manahar Randhari, narrated different developmental steps of state government to improve health, education,  ransportation, electrification, facility of this district.

Nabarangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi, said MP Balabhadra Majhi, said the district which completes 22 years of its formation, could proudly claim that it produced patriots, freedom fighters, eminent men of letters and harbingers of its rich culture. The very ethos behind this spectacular show is to afford a scope for every hidden talent to bloom unhindered. This also offers an opportunity for the rural poor for free mingling with the town-bred and more importantly for cultural exchange. Mondei is now people’s festival he added.

Presiding the meeting collector and chairperson of district council of culture Ajit Kumar Mishra, said that ‘Mondei’ festival strives to proclaim the rich heritage of art, culture and tradition of Nabarangpur district. Through an appropriate platform it spreads the message of love and friendship, unit and integrity, peace and tranquillity, prowess and prosperity. By drawing in varied classical forms of art from different parts of Odisha and other states and showcasing them, Mondei stands out as an emblem of India’s rich cultural legacy. This process not only enriches the local heritage but attempts to build Nabarangpur into a strong and prosperous district by showing the seeds of love and brotherhood among all.

As many as eight cultural troups performed their dances in day one. Some of the attractions of the festival were Dandia dance, Nagaland Tribal dance, Dhemsa, Gotipua and Ghumara dances. District Supply and Marketing Society (DSMS) is organising the five- day Pallishree Mela on the sidelines of the festival. This year, 200 stalls selling household articles, forest produce and food products have been set up at the mela. A tele film cd  based on developed Nabarangpur was inaugurated by the guests.


Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:13 Written by


Sambalpur,04/09/18:The lagna (propitious moment) for celebrating western Odisha’s mass festival Nuakhai was fixed for September 14. 

As per the schedule, the Nabanna (new rice) will be offered to goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of Sambalpur, between 8.10 am and 8.40 am on September 14, a day after Ganesh Chaturthi. 

Later, people will celebrate the festival with family members, relatives and friends with offering delicious dishes and food items. 

Worth mentioning, the lagna for Nuakhai is decided on next day of Janmashtami by the Brahmamandap Pandit Mahasabha here every year. 

Nuakhai has been celebrated for ages with great fervor in western Odisha districts of Sambalpur, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Boudh to welcome the new paddy crop.




Holy Trinity Offered ‘Adhara Pana’ On Chariots at Puri

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:07 Written by


Puri,24/07/18:After a tiring Bahuda Yatra and Suna Besha,the holy Trinity was offered a special drink called ‘Adhara Pana’ on their respective gigantic chariots today. 

Through large earthen pitchers extending up to the lips of the deities, the special drink was offered as part of the ‘Adhara Pana’ ritual. The drink was offered after a ‘Sodosha Upachar Pooja.’

Called as Adhara pana, it is one of the main attractions during the Puri Rath Yatra and draws lakhs of devotees. 

Soon after the offering is made, the earthen pitchers are smashed on the chariots spilling the entire drink on the floor of the chariots.

As per servitors, apart from ‘Parshwadevatas’, several ghostly bodies and souls who trail with the Lords during the Rath Yatra eagerly wait for this moment. It is believed that such evil spirits attain salvation (Mokshya) by drinking the holy drink which is spilled on the chariot decks.



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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:36 Written by

By;Ayush Patnaik

Bhubaneswar;Padmabibhusan Dr.Raghunath Mohapatra inaugurated “ Art Pilgrimage” a group exhibition of drawings and paintings by Artists of Odisha and Banaras on Friday , at Subhadra Art Gallery, Bhubaneswar. Senior I.A.S. and Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Trust,Puri , famous cine artist Dr Ashru Mochan Mohanty and Prasanta Patnaik, Editor of Sanchar attended as guests.

Among others Prof. S. Param Singh, Founder of Anand-One, Varanasi briefed the audience about the purpose of the Art Pilgrimage from Banaras to Bhubaneswar to interact with the people of the pilgrim cities and to encourage the artists.

As many as 20 artists from Banaras participated and exhibited their best paintings and drawings which were highly appreciated by large number of art lovers, critics and media persons.

Excellent art works of nine guest artists were also displayed. They were Arun Kumar Pallur, Baladev Maharatha, Binodini Behera, Manad Ranjan Jena, Raghunath Sahoo, Sanjata K.C., Sureswae Dhala and Tuhina Joshi.

Participants from Banaras included Asha Prakash, Ajaya Upasani, Dr Gitika, Dr Sarada Singh, Dr Sunil Kumar Singh Kushawaha. Jyotsna Mishra, Nidhi Tripathy, Pankaj Sharma, Pankaj Kumat Verma, Pankaj Verma, Rahul Singh, S. Parnam  Singh, Sankaya Kumar, Shalini Yadav, Sjradha Chaturvedi, Snehalata, Satyend ra Singh Booni, Sunil Kumar Viswakarma and Visakha Pathak.

The Kalbela Dance by Prof S. Pranam Singh, Arcylic on Canvas, Devotion-II by Aasha Prakash, “Man Vrs Nature” by Ajay Upasani, “Dream to Fly” by Dr Sharada Singh, “Holy City of Kashi” by Jyotana Mishra, “Folk Art “ by Nidhi Trpatrhy, “ Power of Nature” by Rajiba Lochan Sahoo, “Affection” by Sanjay Kumar, ‘Mystry” by Sttendra Singh Baoni, and “Butterflies” by Tuhina Joshi were largely appreciated by the visitors.”Mathuragaman” by late Laxminarayan Sahoo was an unique display. 

The exhibition will  remain open till 23rd June for the visitors.

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Friday, 18 May 2018 13:14 Written by


Bhubaneswar:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appointed former BJD Rajya Sabha MP Dilip Tirkey as the Chairman of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC).

The former captain of Indian national hockey team was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha as BJD MP on March 22 in 2012 and his tenure as Rajya Sabha member ended on April 2, this year.

Notably, OTDC is a Government of Odisha undertaking corporation. It was incorporated in the year 1979 to promote tourism in the state and operate some of the existing tourist bungalows and transport fleets in commercial line. OTDC’s Tourist Bungalows are called as Panthanivas.


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Public Arts in Gopalpur- PAGo

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:22 Written by



BERHAMPUR; Berhampur Development Authority presents a two day Festival, PAGo (Public Arts in Gopalpur) on 25-26 March 2017. The PAGo Fest is designed as an initiation into making Gopalpur an Art Town cum Eco-Retreat Hub of Odisha. The name PAGo standing for Public Art in Gopalpur. The abbreviation PAGo in Odia is a reference to our intangible heritage of practices around food as it means to spice up a curry to make it more delicious. PAGo is also an attempt at spicing up Gopalpur to make it more attractive to travellers. 

The main aim and objects behind the concept which was taken proper initiation by the Ganjam Collector,Prem Chandra Choudhury and the Secretary,Berhampur Development Authority,Ms Dipti Mohapatra that the district  will focus on the heritage and rich cultural traditions of Gopalpur and Ganjam and attempt to reinvent and re-present them in a contemporary idiom. It will draw attention to the rich cultural traditions of Ganjam such as the Bagha Nacha or crafts such as the Brass Metal fish of Bellaguntha or the Ganjapa playing cards and textiles such as Berhampuri Silk. It will also highlight Gopalpur’s maritime and trade history as well as its more recent history of Phailin. Some of the highlights of this festival are; Murals,Installations , Participatory Art Activity (Mural Painting) ,Ethnic Cultural performances , Workshop (Clay Modelling and Sand Casting).

This will include murals and installations on some of the heritage sites as well as near them on walls of buildings etc. There will be a strong attempt to engage with the local community and involve children (both local and tourists) in the workshops to learn art and craft as well. 

The Collector,Mr Choudhury said to media person that, this initiative is partly supported by Department of Handloom, Textile and Handicraft and Department of Tourism, Odisha (Govt of Odisha). Bakul Foundation will take charge of curetting and coordinating the Public Arts component of PAGo and will conceptualize the festival and mobilize artists and curate the art works. Detour Odisha would be the official social media partner for the entire event. 

Today the two day street art festival, Public Arts in Gopalpur (PAGo) ended in style with vibrant entertainment programmes rocking the art town. Popular artists from Odisha enthralled the visitors​ with splendid music and dance programmes. An interactive session named 'Vision for Gopalpur' was conducted, discussing various potentials, issues and opportunities for developing the destination as a new hub towards Wellness.IG,Police southern range Mr Amitabh Thakur, Collector,Ganjam,Mr Prem Chandra Choudhury,MLA Berhampur,Ramesh Chandra Chyu Patnaik, Prof. Bishnu Charan Chaudhary, Prof. S. Rama Rao and other panellist gave their views about the same. 

The Brahmapur Development Authority has envisioned to develop "Eco Retreat on Sea" Project on PPP mode and has invited expression of interest from investors for the same. The art installations and murals would be further relocated along the beach front for the remaining days. SDIPRO,Ms Pramilla Majhi co-ordinated the event very nicely.

Hingula Yatra Begins

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:22 Written by


Report;Dhiramohan Ray,Corr.Odishabarta

TALCHER,(09/04/2017):The annual festival  of prime Goddess of Talcher MaaHingula and 15thLokaMahotsav started from 9th April  and it will be continued till 17th April 2017 for 9 days.This festival is being celebrated at Gopal Prasad under Talcher block. This year MaaHingula appeared in the form of fire at the back side of Gopalprasad High School near Gajaraj Stadium which is at a distance of 200 meters from Hingula Temple towards west. To witness this festive occasion and to get the blessings of Goddess MaaHingula thousands of devotees from Talcher localities and outside are coming voluntarily with their families. Thousands of Shopkeepers from various places with varieties of items have placed in their temporary tents for business. Like previous years many voluntary organizations are distributing cold water, sarbat, watermelon, ice creams, tea, lunch packets etc. for the devotees.

 To keep eye on the huge crowed for maintaining peace in this festival  3 nos. DSP, 3 nos. inspector, 11 nos. sub inspector, 30 nos. ASI, 7 nos. Habildar, 80 nos. female and male constables, 7 nos. traffic police, 90 nos. female and male Home Guards and 7 platoon police forces have been deployed headed by Addle. SP of Angul as informed by SDPO of Talcher Hemanta Kumar Panda. There are separate barricades have been made for females and males as well at temple site and at Uvastala. Traffic arrangements and parking facilities are made for the four and two wheelers  and police with civil dresses have also been deployed at HingulaYatra.

 Managing Trustee of Maa Hingula Trust Board and Sub Collector , Talcher said all types of precaution measures have been taken by our committee to popularize this festival. Fire men with extinguishers , health teams with ambulance and other volunteers are also co ordinated for maintaining peace of this mahotsav. All the MCL authorities are also co operating for security guards water sprinkling at the festival ground and supplying of electricity without power cutting. To mark this Loka Mahotsav attractive many cultural teams of this locality and outside of our state have invited to perform their cultural activities. We hope the audiences and devotees will appreciate and enjoy this Mahotsav, he added.

Pravakar, Music On Stone

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:22 Written by


By Saroj Kumar Jena,

Associated Media Foundation

Bhubaneswar, Immortality as far as we’re concerned. Nothing in this world lasts forever, but did you know that stone, they claim  it deteriorates one-sixteenth of an inch every hundred years(?).  Sri Pravakar Moharana, a National awardee for stone carving. He is a person with strong determination, uninterrupted hunt for creativity and innovation to explore the beauty associated with skill and craft.  A  timeless skill in danger of being forgotten but brought to life in beautiful arts and incredible skill and craft by a great stone carver of all time wel-come to the world of the Stone carver Sri Prabhakar  Moharana . not only in the country Moharana proved his mettle in several international forums.

He has brought pride and accolades for the country and state by representing the traditional stone sculpture art of Odisha in many international forums. Countries like Brazil, Malaysia, Perth, Singapore, France, Zimbawe, Australia, Italy has got chances to explore Mr Moharans artistic exposures. On the eve of 50 years independence celebration of India, he visited Brazil in South  America in 1997 and demonstrated the exquisite artistic skills of Stone Sculpture of Odisha. He has significantly contributed to the promotion of traditional stone crafts of Odisha in countries such as  Australlia(Perth) in 1998 & 2000, Malaysia & Singapore in 2003, France (Paris) in 2007, Italy (Milan) in 2007 & 2009, South Africa (Zimbabwe) in 2013. He has demonstrated the craftsmanship skills and enriched the cultural glory of the country under the sponsorship of Ministry of Textile, Government of India, (Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and Temple of Fine Arts International, Coimbatore, India.

Mr Moharana was born into an artisan family near the historical Sun temple of Konark in 1960. During his childhood and schooling days he was attracted towards drawings and paintings.  that tempted him so much, he visited temple to draw sketches of different art forms of sculptures and paintings.

Observing his talents his father late Sadhu Charan Moharana, who is an artist in wood carving put him in ‘state handicrafts training centre’headed by Gokul Chandra Patnaik,  to be trained in stone sculpture in 1975 There he was groomed under another national awardee guru Satyabadi Moharana He perfected himself under guru LaL Mohan Moharana and inthe year 1997 started his own production unit in Bhubaneswar.

Pravakar provided opportunity to the talented and needy boys who come from remote villages to work with him. Till date 150 of such boys have been trained by him. In addition he also had the opportunity to train 90 potential needy boys under different training programmers including SHTP and Guru Sisya Parampara of Development Commissioner (Handicraft) Govt. of India since 1988. It is noteworthy to mention here that the first SHTP  was inaugurated by Sri Kalyan Dey Ex- Regional Director (DCH) at village Sujanagar, Puri which is the native village of Sri Moharana. The Govt. of Odisha has also given him an opportunity to train 15 needy Sisyas – disciples under the Guru Sisya Parmpara scheme during 2011-12. All of his students are now employed and flowering thousands of budding artisans of tomorrow who could preserve and promote the pristine glory of stone art . As of today there are many of his students who are working in Akshyaradham Temple in New Delhi. In 1997 when the Mater Creation programme of Delhi Haat was started by DC(H), Sri Moharana has been able to participate in the programme five times to demonstrate the works of his students and sale the products produced by them. He has started Pravakar Creative Art Gallery at Nagar Bazar in Kolkata where the works of his students are sold. In addition to this, he supplies the stone crafts produced by his students to CCIC in Delhi so as to provide marketing opportunity and regular income to the trained students. Every year on the occasion of Guru Diwas, All students visit the Guru at his workshop cum residence and celebrate the occasion by honouring the Guru. This has up held the Guru Sisya parampara (Tradition) to strengthen soldierly and the bondage of relationship between Guru & Sisya

As a Master Crafts Person, Mr Maharana excelled quickly in his profession.   He was conferred with State Award in 1987 for his outstanding piece of work in stone Carving on “Surya Narayan of Konark Temple”.He was bestowed with the prestigious National Award on Stone Sculpture in 1992 for his magnificent craftsmanship in Stone Sculpture based on the concept of “Kandarpa Hasti” (Kandarpa Elephant imbibed from Mathura Vijaya) . He was conferred with prestigious national honor of “Chinta “O” Chetana” in the year 2012 in recognition and appreciation of his craftsmanship skills.

Pravakar has not only promoted the name and fame of the country but also earned foreign currency by displaying and selling stone sculptures of Odisha in international markets. His unique way of displaying his body posture to show the different stone statutes earned him “Best Artist award from Temple of Fine Arts” in Malaysia. Under the leadership of Buddha Guru Sri Dalai Lama he has established many stone crafted Buddha Statues in Bhutan, Himachal Pradesh, Japan, Tibet and Taiwan that has brought him appreciation from many art lovers and Buddhists. His stone craft includes a charm and originality of its own and pristine beauty that remains untouched by time. His work has been highly appreciated by former President of India Honourable Sankardayal Sharma, Former Prime Ministers Honorable Chandra Sekhar and Honorable P.V Narasimha Rao. His craftsmanship skills and works have been highlighted by different newspapers &Television in India and abroad. He has been honored by the Supreme Court of Bhutan for installation of Buddha Statues in the Court. Under his direction “Sati Mata Temple” in Surat, Gujrat and “Jagannath Temple” in Nigeria are being constructed. Presently 8 feet high Abalokeswara Statue is now ready to be dispatched to Vietnam. Work of 18 feet long Buddha statue has already started for Taiwan.

Mr Maharana’s works are distinct, unique and could be recognized by well-known artists in different places.

At the age of fifty six he works hard and sees that every piece of work is qualitatively good and different from others. He has long way to achieve his dreams of promoting the traditional stone sculpture of Odisha both in India and abroad. He deserves awards and accolades from different authorities towards recognition and appreciation of his wonderful craftsmanship skills. His one and only wish is to revive the languishing Konark Kala (art form) – let the craft survive, more and more artisans come to the occupation and earn a their livelihood to lead a dignified life.

 Pravakar is always happy in creating music on stones and making others to enjoy his arts and crafts as listening to devotional music. Pravakar’s crafts will live forever spreading its wings in different parts of the world to be loved by one and all.

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