Utkal University’s UTSAV ODISHA: Celebrating Culture and National Integration

Two-Day Event to Commemorate Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle and Spotlight Contemporary Issues in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Utkal University, in collaboration with the Institute of Media Studies (IMS) in Bhubaneswar, is gearing up to present “UTSAV ODISHA,” a vibrant festival dedicated to honoring Odisha’s cultural legacy and recognizing the often overlooked heroes of its freedom struggle. Scheduled to take place over two days, from March 6 to 7, at the MKCG Auditorium on the university campus, the event promises to be a compelling exploration of Odisha’s rich heritage and its role in shaping national identity.

The festival’s inauguration will be graced by renowned writer and author, Haraprasad Das, along with distinguished personalities including retired IAS officer Madhusudan Padhi, Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University Prof. Sabita Acharya, and other esteemed guests. UTSAV ODISHA aims to promote cultural integration and celebrate the remarkable contributions of Odisha’s unsung heroes to the country’s struggle for independence.

A highlight of the festival will be two plenary sessions focusing on contemporary issues relevant to Odisha. The first session, chaired by Prof. Ashok Das, will delve into the topic of ‘NEP: A Tool to Ensure National Integration.’ Esteemed speakers include Prof. Navaneeta Rath, Satyajeet Mohanty, Madhusudan Dash, and Prof. Niranjan Padhi, who will offer their insights and perspectives on the subject.

On the second day of the festival, discussions will revolve around the ‘Resurgence of Odia Language, Literature & Culture.’ Eminent personalities such as Prof. Dash Benhur, Prof. Prasanna Kumar Swain, Nihar Ranjan Dash, Prof. Mitali Chinara, Kedar Mishra, and Subhashree Lenka will share their thoughts, providing valuable insights into the revitalization of Odia culture.

The closing ceremony will witness the presence of notable figures including Prof. Shantanu Acharya, Prof. Sanjaya Satpathy, Jagadananda, Dr. Kahnu Charan Dhir, and Rabi Das, offering a fitting conclusion to this celebration of Odisha’s rich heritage and intellectual discourse. UTSAV ODISHA promises to be an enriching experience, fostering dialogue and appreciation for Odisha’s cultural contributions to the nation.

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