Newdelhi:14/10/17: In continuation of the bicentenary celebration of the historic Paika Rebellion of Odisha of 1817 and as a befitting tribute to the glory of this inspiring saga of India’s first uprising against the British, Odia Samaj, a leading non-profit, socio-cultural organization in Delhi in association with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. organised a mesmerizing dance drama titled “Odia Paika” at Gurgaon on 13th Oct.
“The sacrifices made by the Paikas of Odisha to free India from the Britishers, 4 decades before the 1857 revolt needs to be cherished, researched and be given its due in the annals of our freedom struggle”, said R N Nayak former Chairman Power Grid and the Chief Guest at this function .
The “Odia Paika ” dance drama in Gurgaon was third of its kind, the earlier two having been organised in Lucknow & Delhi. Sandeep Mahapatra, Trustee Odia Samaj confirmed that “plans are afoot to make it an all India event by having such functions in other states too”.
Odia Samaj fraternity Sidharth Pradhan, Charudatta Panigrahy, Sandeep Mohapatra, Hiranya Mohanty and many historians, educationists, intellectuals, students of different educational institutions in and around Delhi NCR were present on this occasion.
The function in Gurgaon was an endeavour to bring Shrikhetra and Kurukshetra together and witnessed rendition of a scintillating dance performance by students of a local school showcasing the rich culture of Haryana. The dance drama ‘Odia Paika’ was performed by students of Nrutya Naivedya, Bhubaneswar, Odisha led by Guru Pravat Kumar Swain. The drama unfolded the story of Martyrs like Jayee Rajguru who initiated the revolt against the British as early as 1803. The dance drama narrated the role of great freedom fighters of Paika Rebellion of 1817 such as Buxi Jagabandhu, Madhav Chandra Routray, Pindiki Bahubalendra and Krutibasa Patsani besides many eminent Paika heroes of Khurda Gada who sacrificed their lives in their fight against the British forces in Odisha.