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Divya Kala Mela: A Unique Confluence of Creativity and Talent of Disabled Entrepreneurs

Bhubaneswar:5/7/24:The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in collaboration with the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), is organizing the “Divya Kala Mela” to celebrate the talent and craftsmanship of disabled entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This event is being held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) from July 5 to July 11, 2024. The inauguration of the Divya Kala Mela and Divya Kala Shakti program was done by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri. B.L. Verma.

Mantriji and other dignitaries are visiting stalls at Divya Kala Mela

In his address, Shri B.L. Verma emphasized, “Today, we are celebrating ‘Ability.’ Our disabled brothers and sisters participating in the ‘Divya Kala Mela’ are showcasing their unique and valuable skills, talents, and entrepreneurship, transcending boundaries. Through the Divya Kala Shakti program, their performances in music, dance, and expression not only entertain us but also inspire us with their passion and dedication. Our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has always had an emotional connection with the divyangjan His vision is to empower them believing that the empowerment of every section of society is essential for the overall empowerment of the nation. Under PM’s vision, our government has introduced various schemes benefiting Divyangjan.

Immaculate Performances of Divyang children at Divya Kala Shakti

Shri. Verma added, “For the first time in Odisha, the sacred land of Lord Jagannath, we are organizing both the Divya Kala Shakti and Employment Fair together at this wonderful Divya Kala Mela. We must embrace, appreciate, and honor these talented entrepreneurs and artists for inclusive development and building an empowered society.”

Shri. Kishor B. Surwade, Deputy Director General of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, highlighted, “We aim to create an inclusive society where the differently-abled individuals of our country get equal opportunities for their development, leading to their physical, social, educational, and economic empowerment, enabling them to lead productive, safe, and dignified lives.

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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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