California: Utkal Dibasa celebration at Bay Area, California in USA. Many Odias of Bay Area, California came forward to reunite, enjoy togetherness and relish traditional dishes of Odisha. In fact around five hundred people gathered to grace this event. We found a lot of interest and enthusiasm from the youth of our community this time in terms of participation and executing the event. With colorful cultural programs galore, the event also showcased food from different regions of Odisha, pakhla with side dishes, mouth watering street food and a varieties of pitha and sweets. There were sixty+ different homemade Odia dishes contributed by volunteers.
For last two decades iGurukul is working towards promoting and propagating our beautiful language and culture in this diaspora. We are very proud of our youth and new entrants in Bay Area who are taking pride of their culture and heritage. It’s heartwarming to know that our “Sadhab Pua & Jhia” won’t let anyone forget the past glory and will keep the Odia spirit alive!, said Smt. Kuku Das, President of iGurukul. We are very thankful to the friends and our elders those who have unconditionally supporting and joining us all these years!
Kudos to our energetic volunteers and the emerging leaders who have helped and support to make this event successful. Ajit, Amlan, Debendra, Nita, Samhita, Shelley, Dolly, Sarita Pattnaik, Sarita Jagatjita, Padmaja, Sumant, Bidyadhar, Surya, Bibek B., Lipika, Aarvi, Jayashri, Prachi, Himani, Snigdha, Shamuka, Ira, Rubismita, Ipshita, Smita, Eeswar to name a few.
Gayatri Joshi, the artistic director of iGurukul gave the vote of thanks. Manoj, Samar, Jayashri, Pranab and Bibek Das were among others from igurukul organization were there at the event.