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Tata Steel Meramandali observes Odia New Year with fervour

Over 300 students from 28 Panchayats of Odapada block showcase talent in festivities showcasing Odisha’s rich heritage

Narendrapur, April 14, 2023: Tata Steel Meramandali (TSM) marked the auspicious occasion of Odia New Year and Maha Bisuba Sankranti with a grand celebration, bringing together students, villagers, and women to honour the rich cultural heritage of Odisha at Kusupanga village in Odapada block of Dhenkanal district.

The event, coordinated by Tata Steel Foundation, featured weeklong activities involving more than 300 participants from 28 panchayats of the Odapada block and schools around the plant of TSM. The participants showcased their talents in song, dance, and elocution competitions that aimed to foster unity and pride in Odisha’s cultural history and traditions among the children.

The Additional District Magistrate of Dhenkanal, Uday Kumar Mohapatra, attended it as the chief guest, with renowned Odia novelist and poet Dr. Hiranmayee Mishra as the chief speaker. Executives from Tata Steel Meramandali Vidya Prasad, Chief of DRI, and Subhransu Sekhar Panda, Head of Corporate Communications, TSK & TSM, also joined the program.

Addressing the gathering, Mohapatra emphasized the importance of raising awareness about cultural beliefs and traditions to preserve and promote Odia culture, while mitigating the impact of Western influence.

Dr. Mishra discussed the cultural significance of the Odia New Year, its connection to nature and religious beliefs, and encouraged students to respect and promote their language and cultural identity.

The winners of the competitions were awarded by the dignitaries. The function concluded with cultural programmes by the children.


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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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