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People from different walks of life across Odisha as well as outside sung Bande Utkala Janani to motivate COVID Warriors

Bhubaneswar: 30/5/20: People from different walks of life across Odisha as well as outside sung Bande Utkala Janani, Odisha’s unofficial state song, at 5.30 pm on Saturday to motivate COVID Warriors.

Odia’s across the globe also joined to lend their voices to Kantakabi Laxmikant Mohapatra’s immortal lines and sung ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ this evening to boost the morale of the frontline personnel fighting coronavirus.

It may be mentioned here that Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Thursday urged people of the State to show solidarity with COVID Warriors by singing ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, at 5:30 PM on May 30 (Saturday).

Today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also sung ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ standing at the veranda of his residence Naveen Nivas. Similarly, Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro and several legislators recited the song in front of the Odisha Assembly to honour COVID Warriors.

In the meanwhile, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy accompanied by other state officials assembled in front of Lok Seva Bhawan to recite the state’s unofficial anthem. Besides, Police DG Abhay sang the song with other police personnel at Police Headquarters in Cuttack and Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi at Police Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with his family members sung Bande Utkal Janani’  to stand in solidarity with COVID Warriors of Odisha. Union Minister Pratap Sarangi also recited the song in his official residence in New Delhi as a mark of tribute to COVID-19 frontline workers.

On the other hand, social media is flooded with many videos posted across the globe where Odias were seen expressing solidarity with COVID warriors by singing Odisha’s unofficial state song, ‘Bande Utkal Janani’.

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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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