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Great Orissa Famine of 1866 has come under limelight with the inauguration of an exhibition of photographs

 Bhubaneswar:26/3/18; The cataclysmic effect of Great Orissa Famine of 1866 has come under limelight with the inauguration of an exhibition of photographs, sketches and newspaper reports on the biggest catastrophe that the state had encountered.

The exhibition organised by The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Odisha State Archives was inaugurated by Ashok Panda, Minister for Culture at the hall of the State Archives today.
It was flashback to turbulent times and untold suffering of people dying in thousands due to hunger.

On display are newspaper reports published in the overseas press of the 1866-68 periods along with sketches, cartoons, drawings and photographs. These shed new light of the conditions and the suffering of the people.
Speaking on the occasion, Panda said that the Na’Anka Durbhikshya was a dark forgotten chapter of Odisha’s history. Even though the events that happened have been pushed to one corner of history, it has been a part of Odia consciousness and subconscious ever since.

S.K.B.Narayan, Convener of INTACH said that even today, 150 years after the Great Famine, Odisha faces regular threats of calamities like droughts, floods and cyclones, and crop failures. He said that the exhibition would be taken to the other INTACH chapters of Bhadrak, Balasore & Baripada too.
Anil Dhir, who has curated the exhibition, said that a suitable memorial of the Great Famine should be set up in memory of the million and a half who had perished. He said that the Famine was not an accident of nature. It was not providence; rather it was a series of mistakes. For many decades after the great famine, it was simply a dark and even humiliating experience which the survivors, and the survivors of the survivors, had little wish to recall, the anguish of a past in which men and women barely survived.

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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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