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Mural sculpture commemorating 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first visit to Odisha’s Silver City Cuttack was thrown open to public

Cuttack:1/4/21: A high relief mural sculpture commemorating 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first visit to Odisha’s Silver City Cuttack was thrown open to public on the auspicious occasion of Utkala Dibasa today.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the bronze sculpture featuring Mahatma Gandhi addressing his followers in a public meeting with his wife Kasturba and social reformers Gopabandhu Das, Pandit Nilakantha Das and Acharya Harihar Das in attendance, at Belleview Square on Kathajodi riverbed in Cuttack city.

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The Government has started celebrating 100 years of Gandhi’s visit to Odisha since March 23. During his first visit to the State, he had addressed a grand and historic public meeting on the riverbed of Kathajodi in Cuttack. The mural has been installed at the place in memory of the event.

Gandhi had visited Odisha eight times between 1921 and 1946 and had travelled to many parts of the State during the period.

“Mahatma Gandhi was a strong supporter for formation of Odisha as a separate statehood. The ideologies of two legends of 20th century — Gandhi and Gopabandhu — will inspire today’s generation,” Patnaik said after unveiling the mural sculpture.

“Truth and non-violence is India’s greatest contribution to the world. As the worshipper of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi has given a new direction to whole world and its relevance is now being realised worldwide,” he said in a statement.

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Earlier in the day, Patnaik had paid his rich tribute to Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das by inaugurating a statue of the legendary at Cantonment Road on Utkala Dibasa in Cuttack.

The name ‘Gopabandhu’ always comes first in mind when we speak about humanity, service and kindness. He is the source of inspiration and symbol of humanity. The ‘Statue of Humanity’ will encourage people for service to poor for ages, Patnaik said in a release.

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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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