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Naveen Patnaik released the book titled,” Gajapati: A king without A Kingdom’.

Bhubaneswar:18/12/21: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today released the book titled,” Gajapati: A king without A Kingdom’. Written by Ashok Bal, the book deals with the fascinating history of Gajapatis beginning from Suryavanshi Gajapati Kapilendra Deb.

After Ganga kings, the title of Gajapati was adorned by Kapilendra Deb and his successors uninterruptedly. The royal title is in vogue till date.

The book highlights a unique facet of ritual association between Gajapati kings with Lord Jagannath. Ganga king Chodaganga Deb held Purusottam Jagannath as the supreme. The remarkable association of Gajapati as Adyasevak is a unique aspect in the relationship between the Lord and royalty that earned respect and reverence for the Gajapati. The distinctive aspect of linkage based on the doctrine of surrender and subordination was an innovative experiment in statecraft which helped in securing the continued trust of people and expanding the kingdom.

Kapilendra Dev’s regime was the pinnacle of Odia glory and grandeur when the kingdom stretched from river Ganges up to river Cauvery.

“ The long history of Gajapati is an important regional history which people ought to know. There is a need to bring historical facts and facets into public domain. A rich history deserves attention of students, teachers and general public. Bal’s attempt to present and project the tradition and its myriad narratives is a praiseworthy attempt,” said Patnaik.

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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