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Odisha Divas: A Grand Celebration of Culture and Charitable Giving at Chinmaya Mission

Southern California:2/4/24:   In an exemplary display of cultural solidarity and charitable spirit, the Cheer Up Foundation hosted an unforgettable Odisha Divasa at the Chinmaya Mission in Southern California on March 30. This enriching event aimed to bring the community together, celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Odisha, and raise funds for noble causes.

The eventful day it commenced with a heartfelt Welcome Message and a Lamp Lighting by Swami Sarvadevananda, complemented by the resonant chanting of children – a gesture symbolizing the light of knowledge and unity.

A soul-stirring Group Song for Motherland initiated the cultural journey, after which the Melody Musical by Kids brightened the stage with their talents, reinforcing the importance of nurturing the arts from a young age. Comedy drama filled the audience with laughter with the message that being happy is life’s goal.

During a presentation, the audience was pleased to learn how the Cheer Up Foundation is making a difference in remote Odisha and was later moved by the Ode to Odisha Group Dance, which brought the essence of Odisha’s cultural dances to life. The classical dance performances, Odissi, by Sharanya Mukhopadhyay and Shibani Pattnaik& Pratap Kumar Bariki (Orissa Dance Academy), were a testament to the grace and storytelling depth of the art form.

A Wisdom Talk by Swami Sarvadevananda shed light on the importance of understanding and continuing India’s role as a spiritual guide to the world. He emphasized the need to pass this rich cultural heritage to the younger generations, ensuring its preservation and reverence on a global scale.

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The event was also privileged to witness a performance by an eminent singer from Odisha, Susmita Das, whose artistry in Sugam Sangeet has received national and international accolades. Her presence and performance were not just entertainment but an embodiment of Odisha’s and India’s profound musical traditions.

Another highlight of the event was the special screening of Odia’s short film ‘The Healing Touch’ which delivers a big message on the Covid pandemic by acclaimed director Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash.  This short film depicts how a Coronavirus-infected husband (patient) who is battling for his life in the ICU of a Covid Hospital. Despite best efforts, the Doctor finally gave up. Being on the verge of death, the patient, earnestly asks for the Doctor’s Mobile to talk with his wife for the one last time. The Doctor agrees & observes the conversation between them & how the wife through constant positive vibes inspires the husband and brings back his life from his deathbed. The movie was well received by the audience who praised the actors, and storyline.

The evening they concluded with a traditional Odia Dinner, where guests reflected on the cultural immersion they had experienced and the charitable cause they had supported. It was a successful culmination of an event that will leave lasting impressions and inspire continued cultural appreciation and philanthropic endeavors.


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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