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Destitute Women Observe ‘Savitri’ Festival

Bhubaneswar:15/5/18; Savitri, the festival in which a married woman wishes for the longer life for her spouse, always remains a major festival in Odisha. However, for some unprivileged and homeless,  the celebration often remains a challenge as they stay here in Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH).

Thanks to initiatives by Odisha Patita Uddhar Samiti in association with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, many inmates or “Savitris’’ worshiped the deities and took blessings and prayed that their spouses would be safe somewhere in the world and be blessed with longer lives.

Sangeeta, a participant said “I had lost my parents from my childhood days and the human traffickers had sent me to Jhansi only for Rs.20,000. Though I had a dream to have my own family, this unfortunate incident shattered my hopes. Thanks to the initiative of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and OPUS, I got a family here. My daughter also got a maternal home. Above all, I was living a hopeless life, but this joint initiative has given a dignified life to me and my daughter.’’

Bishnupriya said “I had married for the second time and bore four children, but still I could not make a family. As I lost the race in life to have a spouse by my side, the SUH family provided a true family and now I am feeling great with the new life.’’

Tirtha, another resident at SUH said “BMC and OPUS have gifted us a life of dignity….Now we are not homeless anymore.’’

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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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