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NEW DELHI: 21/9/22:The first servitor (Adya Sevak) of Lord Jagannath, Gajapati doesn’t need a Kingdom on his own. As the close aide of the Lord of the Universe, the entire universe is under his spiritual governance, observed renowned scholar Dr. Karan Singh. He is gracing the release ceremony of the book “ GAJAPATI: A KING WITHOUT A KINGDOM “ as the Chief Guest Dr. Singh mentioned that despite several ups and downs witnessed by Odisha, Gajapati retains his supreme stature intact and his prime position remains unaffected. Addressing the Book Launching function as Guest of honor Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb attempted to define the proposition of Gajapati as statecraft to legitimize the authority to rule the people as a part of divine duty. Explaining that Gajapati finds its origin in Skanda Purana, Maharaja Shri Deb advised visualizing the position in the light of the Vedic culture of India where its roots lie.

Lauding the monumental, historical, and contemporary significance of the Book the Guest Speaker distinguished Diplomat Amarendra Khatua outlined the role of Gajapati as gigantic in the living tradition and vibrant culture of Odisha.

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Hosted jointly by the Publisher Konark Publishers and Think Tank platform Odisha Forum at  India International Centre, New Delhi the release ceremony was attended by hundreds of dignitaries. Delivering his welcome speech the President of Odisha Forum Senior Bureaucrat Gokul Patnaik described the occasion as historic because of the strange coincidences of both Karan Singh and Dibyasingh Deb becoming Maharajas at the tender age of 17 and both of them sharing any stage for the first time.

The celebrated author of Gajapati, former IRS Officer Ashok Bal gave a brief introduction and insight into the Book written in the English language.

On behalf of K.P.R.Nair, MD, Konark Publishers, Jiza Joy presented a vote of thanks. The Secretary of Odisha Forum, Ravi Pani conducted the proceedings of the meeting smoothly.

The 440 pages long Book Gajapati highlights the genesis, aura, and evolution of this August institution adorned by the rulers of Puri since its inception. The position of Gajapati is unique and unparalleled because it simultaneously connotes King as well as Chief Servant of Lord Jagannath. A well-researched and delicately documented legendary masterpiece, the Book dwelled on the lives and legacies of the Gajapatis, who have occupied this coveted throne since the 10th century.

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Being a King without Kingdom, Gajapati assumes seminal significance in Odisha. The Odishan Kingdom during the reign of Kapilendra Deb from 1435 to 1457 A.D. was at its glorious best stretching from the Ganges in the North to Kaveri in the South. The Kingdom witnessed a decline with the advent of Afghans in 1568, Marathas in 1758, and British in 1803. Though the resilience of royalty lost its luster with the disposition of territory over time Gajapati’s close association with Lord Jagannath continued to thrive. His symbolic sweeping of chariots with a golden broom during Rath Yatra has always been putting him in the highest esteem among devotees. This time-tested bonding with Lord Jagannath placed Gajapati in a position of veneration among the common masses, who started adoring him as the living embodiment of Lord Vishnu (Chalanti Pratima ), the Book specifies.

The prominent personalities present include Maharani Lilavati Pata Mahadei, Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, Jatin Das, Former Union Minister Bhakta Charan Das, D.P.Bagchi, A.R.Nanda, Dr. Satyananda Mishra, Satyagopal Rajguru, Ravindra Singh, Arun Panda, Manas Roy, B.K. Agarwal, Jyotsana Rai, Debjit Rath, Sarita and Jayadev Sarangi, Prasanna Dash, Tita Pattnaik, Ashok Pradhan, Dipali Pani, Adv. Sanjib Mohanty, Rabi Pradhan, Debendra Majhi, Gobardhan Dhal, Debendra Rout, Narendra Bar, Sachin Garg and Ch. Ramakant Das.

The entire arrangement was well managed by the organizing team of Odisha Forum consisting of Joint Secretary Dr. Nibedita Giri, Treasurer Prabhas Pradhan, and Governing Body members Abani Sahu, Bimal Panda, Nirmal Pattnaik, and Debraj Mohanty.

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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