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MANMOHAN MAHAPATRA: Doyen of Odia New wave cinema (1951-2020)


(on the eve of First Death Anniversary) Ashok Palit One of the prime tasks of a responsible filmmaker i.e. most trenchant analysis of contemporary societal dilemmas has been nearly mastered by Manmohan Mahapatra, arguably one of the pioneers of purposive new wave cinema. Not he, but his meticulously crafted characters loom large in all his films. Not the characters’ traits, ...

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Shantanu Mohapatra : A Musical Renzezvous of Odisha(1936-2020)


Shantanu Mohapatra was born on November 1936, in Baripada in Mayurbhanj district. He received B.Sc in Applied Geology and Geophysics in 1957 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He joined the State Directorate of Mining and Geology Government of Odisha in June 1957 as a Geologist from which he later retired as the Director (Mining & Geology) in 1994. ...

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Odia Cinema in Indian Panorama


  By Ashok Palit International Film Festival of India better known as IFFI, is among the oldest film festivals in the Asian continent. Beginning in 1952, the festival has acted as a platform for the popularisation of Indian cinema to a global audience while acting as an introduction of sorts for foreign films to Indian cinephiles spread over selected cities. In ...

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Malayalam film Jallikattu : by Panos Kotzathanasis


Malayalam film Jallikattu is India’s official entry to the Best International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards. The film beat out 26 other films, including The Disciple, Shakuntala Devi, Chhapaak, Eeb Allay Ooo!, Serious Men, Bulbbul, and Gunjan Saxena. It was chosen for its depiction of the “raw side of human beings, that we are worse than animals,” said ...

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AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyanor a Self-Reliant India Movement


On 12th May 2020, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced a special comprehensive economic package to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in India. He gave a clarion call for AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyanor a Self-Reliant India Movement. The Prime Minister also outlined five pillars of AatmaNirbhar Bharat – Economy, Infrastructure, System, Vibrant Demography and Demand. Following the call of the Hon’ble Prime ...

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Soumitra Chatterjee (1935-2020): Icon who enriched Bengal’s culture and Indian cinema


SHOMA A CHATTERJI  Soumitra Chatterjee was one of the best things to have happened to Indian cinema. Sadly, India’s national cinema never tapped his potential. Sad, also, that his contribution was always linked only with cinema, that too, mostly, with Satyajit Ray and his films. Soumitra Chatterjee was more, much more, than that. Soumitra Chatterjee acted in 14 films directed ...

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Fairs and Festivals of Odisha: Kumar Purnima


  DR. ADYASHA DAS Associate Professor Chairperson- MBA (Travel & Tourism)  /  Culture  / Placements / Admissions / PR Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management The culture of a region is best reflected in the celebration of fairs and festivals. From special food items to unique customs, traditional dance /music, and propitiating the deities, the cultural legacy is reinforced ...

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Durga Puja In Hindi Films

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Diptakirti Chaudhuri This the season of festivities—Durga Pujo and Navratri—and all parts of the country are busy dancing, singing, eating and making babies. Bollywood has made ample use of visuals from this festive season to create foot-tapping songs, memorable scenes and beautiful visuals heavy with symbolism Amar Prem had only a short scene of Durga Pujo right at the end but ...

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On 10 October 1938, police shot dead seven members of Prajamandal who were agitating against the Raja of Dhenkanal. The corpses were brought in a procession to Cuttack and consigned to the flame. Sachi Routray, who was one of the organisers of the procession, wrote a poem about one of the martyrs – 12-year old Baji Rout. The poem was ...

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From Governance To Community Resilience, Odisha’s Response To COVID-19 Impressive: WHO


Odisha, a state located on the east coast of India is not new to emergencies. Known for its track record of efficiently handling natural disasters, including the recent cyclone, the state has managed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic quite efficiently. As of 24 June 2020, the state recorded an impressive recovery rate of 69.4%, and the mortality rate of just ...

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