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Odia Diaspora in Australia holds E-Sammilani

ORIOZ celebrates two-yearly conclave through online bridge amid coronavirus pandemic

Canberra, 22 nd April 2020- ORIOZ, association of Odias living in Australia, celebrated its two-yearly conclave amid coronavirus pandemic through online bridge.

ORIOZ was founded in 2002 to unite Odias in Australia and has been celebrating Odia culture and festivals since then introducing more and more Australian to Odia culture. The Australian Odia diaspora has been gathering once in every two year to feel at home with various cultural programmes.

This year the coronavirus outbreak posed as an obstacle in assembly of the Australian Odias to participate in the biennial conclave. But the members stood strong to celebrate the occasion on the prescribed date through online bridge.

Around 400 people of 148 families including children celebrated the occasion through online video conferencing app. The committee members SuliptaTripathy and MumtazLenka in association with representatives of various states in Australia coordinated this two-hour-long programme. Various troupes performed cultural activities which assembled and telecast through online app. As part of this celebration, the old executive body also transferred responsibilities to the new executive body members.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, while everyone is maintaining social distancing to combat the disease, such efforts by Orioz connected all the members and this will be a memory to be cherished forever said ORIOZ President Dr.NaliniPati.

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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