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Dance drama titled “Odia Paika” staged at Gurgaon

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.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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