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Odisha admin which prefers to call Jonita Gandhi, Armaan Malik , Sonu & Sukhwinder to their 150 years Jajpur celebrations are they love Odia


Dear Odisha/Odiya media,
– That I am adorning a Kotpad weave in the Nila Saila Video has been missed by you. This Handloom & weave is a dying lot with no patrons from you. Most of you prefer to wear factory made, poly blends. Other ‘modern’ material.
– That I have decorated my forehead with the chandan handwork in the performance that pays an ode to tradition is also of no worth to you.
– That I wear a hand crafted, traditional Odishi dancers belt of silver & filigree earrings that is also a dying art & handicraft from Odisha because most of you prefer ‘modern’ generic jewelry is also ignored.

– How many times is an Odiya song even heard in a music festival national or world stage ?
– Forget about the local Odisha admin which prefers to call Jonita Gandhi, Armaan Malik , Sonu & Sukhwinder to their 150 years Jajpur celebrations & Shankar to other big events like the Athletics meet opening, the rich Odia community abroad never hosts Odia artists & pays them for their craft & art like their Bengali counterparts do. So stop competing with the neighbouring state. The past is the past. That they are better patrons of art & culture & literature is a bitter pill you must swallow.


& so, coming back to this, you would rather go ballistic on a live show, real time rendition of a performance of mine from 2017 but ignore the huge success of this new Raja release of mine, from last week pinned on top of my fb page?
Only anger, negativity & bluster cooks your goose? Sad showcase of the times you live in.
Also, all of Odisha would have overflowed with pride if one if theirs won some TV reality show parroting other people’s Bollywood covers.No time or inclination to celebrate a self created, produced, original piece of work like Anhad Naad? This song of mine released during the festival of Raja & celebrating Mother Earth crossed over 5 million views at the same time & in record time. No parties for that in the state.
People are burning my posters & filing FIR’s in Odisha for singing a Bhajan in a wrong accent & mis-pronouncing some words instead.
Dear jobless such people with too much time in your hands, focus on more important issues.
There are many that face you & the state.


About Editor in chief

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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