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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the book ‘Hockey & India – A Golden Legacy’

Bhubaneswar:21/1/23:For a sport synonymous with the Indian identity, hockey’s glory has not been highlighted as much as it should be. An effort to do so is ‘Hockey & India – A Golden Legacy’ by Sportstar. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the book at his residence in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Former India captain and president of Hockey India Dilip Tirkey also graced the occasion.

R. Vineel Krishna (Special Secretary to CM and Commissioner cum Secretary, Department of Sports & Youth Services), Ayon Sengupta, Editor of Sportstar, and Sridhar Arnala, Vice President (Sales and Distribution) of Hindu Group of Publications, were also present during the release.

Rourkela and Bhubaneswar in Odisha are hosting the ongoing men’s Hockey World Cup, and the State, in recent years, has been one of the biggest supporters of the sport.The book traces the roots of the game and its growth in India through the ages. The hardbound book, packed with some of the rarest pictures of people and places associated with Indian hockey, chronicles India’s eight gold medals at the Olympics and the epoch-making triumph in the 1975 World Cup, apart from an overall view of both competitions.

May be an image of 3 people, people standing, indoor and text that says 'SPORTSTAR HOCKEY GOLDEN COLDE LEGACY'

The Legends section has stories of some of the biggest superstars of Indian hockey, including Dhanraj Pillay and Dilip Tirkey, and some deserving but not-so-well-known ones – like Roop Singh, Udham Singh and Surjit Singh. The biggest of them, the superstar of superstars – Dhyan Chand – deservedly sits on top of the Roll of Honour. A highlight of the book is the section on Indian women players over ages – from Elvira Britto and Selva D’Silva to modern queens like Pritam Siwach and Rani Rampal.

With 192 pages of old and new pictures from 1928 to the present, the book is a collector’s edition for everyone in general and aficionados of Indian sports in particular.

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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