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Odisha gets GI tag for its version of Rasgulla

  • Bhubaneswar:29/7/19:The Chennai based GI Registry on Monday issued formal certification for “Odisha Rasagola” on its website
  • The GI tag for the same product to both the neighbouring states recognizes the two distinct varieties of Rasgullas in taste and texture
  • It is redemption time for Odisha! Less than two years after West Bengal got geographical indicator (GI) tag for its version of Rasgulla, Odisha which has been claiming origin of the sweet dumpling has finally received the GI tag for “Odisha Rasagola”.The Chennai based GI Registry on Monday issued formal certification for “Odisha Rasagola” on its website.

    When West Bengal received its GI tag for its variety of Rasgulla in November 2017 ahead of Odisha, it was falsely believed that the GI Registry has recognized that Rasgulla originated in West Bengal. The GI tag for the same product to both the neighbouring states recognizes the two distinct varieties of Rasgullas in taste and texture.

    In its submission before the GI registrar, the Odisha Small Industries Corporation Ltd which has been awarded the GI tag said: “Odisha Rasagola is very soft to feel, juicy and non-chewy in consistency and can be swallowed without teeth pressure. The rasogolla/rasgulla prepared in other places is circular in shape, milk white in colour and basically spongy and chewy in consistency.

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    Though Bengalis claim Rasgulla was invented by Nobin Chandra Das (Birth: 1845) at his Bagbazar residence in Kolkata, Odias cite the age old tradition of Niladri Bije where Rasgulla is offered, at least starting 12th century when the present structure of the temple was constructed.

    However, there was little written evidence available to support the claim. At one time, even the Odisha government declared that a committee set up for the purpose has failed to collect any evidence. However, an Odia culture scholar Asit Mohanty brought out many unknown facts about Rasgulla through his diligent research. Mohanty found mention of the word Rasagola in the 15th Century Odia Dandi Ramayan written by the famous poet of the mediaeval age Balaram Das, who wrote his own version of the epic well before Tulasi Das wrote Ram Charita Manasa in the 16th century. Mohanty also quoted many other Odia and Sanskrit texts to prove that chhena or cottage cheese was known to Indians much before the French and Portuguese arrived in India.

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his happiness after the Geographical Indication (GI) tag was accorded to ‘Odisha Rasagola’ by the Union government today.

    The Odisha CM took the microblogging site Twitter and wrote:

  • Naveen Patnaik

     @Naveen_Odisha
      Happy to share that Rasagola has received GI Tag in Geographical Indication Registry. This mouthwatering culinary delight made of cottage cheese, loved by Odias across the world, is offered to Lord Jagannath as part of bhog since centuries

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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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