Bhadrak:7/6/20: Bhadrak district, the native place of Bande Utkala Janani’s writer, Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra, celebrated after Odisha Cabinet approved a proposal to accord state song status to the patriotic song.
This song was first sung at the Utkal Sammilani’s Conference at Balasore in 1912, this song was used as a weapon by the Utkal Sammilani to emancipate Odisha. When Odisha became a state on 1 April 1936, this song was sung.
“Kantakabi had written the song when he was suffering from a fractured hand. Today, the song is getting due recognition. He would have been extremely happy if alive today,” said Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra’s daughter-in-law, Meera Devi.
She also thanked the state government and CM Naveen Patnaik.
Kantakabi had composed powerful nationalist poems to reach the grass-root level of the society during the freedom struggle. Since the first phase of the Gandhian era that is from the Non-Cooperation movement, Laxmikant had written many nationalist poems that had a tremendous impact on youths.