Odisha is a state for cultural festivity with rich tradition and customs says Gujarat Governor O. P. Kohli
83rd Foundation Day of Odisha State celebrated in Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar: Gujarat and Odisha are two states known for its unique culture and its celebration round the year – expressed Shri Om Prakash Kohli, Hon’ble Governor shri of Gujarat at the 83rd Foundation Day celebration organized at Town Hall in Gandhinagar.
Speaking o the occasion, Shri Kohli mentioned that the Odisha state is known for its rich custom and tradition, nature’s bountiful resources, scholarly and amiable people with universal brotherhood in thought and action. Odiya people, wherever they work, demonstrate the best of their knowledge, skill, sincerity and excel in their performance.
The programme was organized by Gandhinagar Odiya Samaj (GOS) with an aim to inspire the thoughts for establishing peace, prosperity and progress in the society.
Shri Nitinbhai Patel, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat in his address explained that the Odisha State is the oldest state that was established in 1936 on the basis of language, in comparison to other states. The state has lots of potential in terms of quality education with skill development, exploring the judicious use of natural resources with potential tools and techniques of the digital age for bringing equity in excellence in the key areas to make the state healthy, wealthy with peace and prosperity.
Shri Balwantsinh Rajput, Chairman, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, expressed that our world needs people who are committed to the needs of others. Odisha is known for such committed and dedicated people, who are sincere in their duties with resourceful contribution.
Shri H. K. Dash, former Secretary to Govt of India and State Vigilance Commissioner, Gujarat was the Guest Speaker and in his address he described the relation in harmony between Gujarat and Odisha in length and various untold facts of the Odisha. Citing the example of the presence of Odia Samaj in Gujarat and Gujarat Samaj in Odisha, he said that people of Odisha can easily understand the Gujarati language and vice versa. Shri H. K. Dash highlighted the need for establishment of Gujarat Maître Bhavan in Odisha and Odisha Bhavan in Gujarat to strengthen the educational and cultural relations between two states.
Dr. S. K. Nanda, Director HUDCO and Member of National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India presided over the program. In his presidential address Dr Nanda expressed how the state is inspiring the leaders through times to change their attitude like Chandashok to Dharmashok. The tradition of this state needs to be nurtured, enlivened and encouraged.
In the beginning, Shri S. K. Mishra, President, GOS welcomed the guests and dignitaries and briefed about the programmes and activities of the Odiya Samaj. Shri Dukhabandhu Rath, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India and Shri M. K. Sahu, Official Liquidator, Gujarat were also graced the programme.
Dr. Narottam Sahoo, General Secretary, GOS proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was followed by dinner with Odisha taste and flavour. Many of Odiya housewives prepared a variety of food and flavour for the programme.
The celebration witnessed the splendid performance by the troupes, Nrutya Sudha from Govt of Odisha, Ms. Suprabha Mishra, Ms. P. Sudha and Ms Shweta Bhosale. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Ramakant Prusti, Shri B. K. Nayak, Shri Y. K. Nanda, Shri Deepak Mishra, Shri Mahendra Das, Shri Kiranbhai Patel, Shri G. C. Pradhan, Shri Satya Mishra, Shri Biswarup Mohapatra, Shri Manoj Nahak, Shro Dinesh Pradhan and many others. More than 1000 delegates including Odiya and non-odiya members attended the programme.