Odia Samaj Abu Dhabi (OSA) celebrates ”Boita Bandana Utsav”

Abu Dhabi: 30th November 2018 marked a historic day for the expat Odia community residing in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with the celebration of “Boita Bandana Utsav-2018” by ODIA SAMAJ ABU DHABI (OSA) for the second time in UAE at Global Indian International School auditorium. The whole expat Indian Odia community came together to celebrate this special and unique Odia festival. This event is a testimony to the fact that the expat Odia community has not forgotten their cultural heritage despite living far away from their motherland in a far off country. Pujya Sadhu Aksharatirth Swami along with Pujya Sadhu Praramavandan Swami of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) graced the occasion as the honorable chief guest. Mr. B. K. Singh – GM Petromen Group, Mr. Rajendran – Director Operations Global Indian International School, Mr. Dilip Verma- MD Universal Voltas were the guests of honor of this august occasion. Leading eminent personalities from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and nearby areas added flavor to the grand event and made it a grand success.
Leading and emerging talented magician Jadugar Kumar mesmerized the audience with his magic show and celebrated Ollywood comedian Mani (Sudev Mohapatra) entertained the audience with his magical comic sense. The audience was left spellbound by a magnificent dance recitation based on Boita Bandana, Odishi Dance, Ollywood dance, etc staged by the members of OSA, including women and kids. There were some notable dance & Singing performances by members which mesmerized the audience with melodious Odia and Hindi hit songs and medley taking everyone down the memory lane. The ladies and gents of the organizations staged a skit titled ‘Sasural Genda phool’ directed by Mr. Sougat Nayak. “Boita Bandana Utsav – 2018” presented a bouquet of memorable musical and cultural programs including a fashion show based on Odisha tribal culture for five hours, which celebrated the fragrance of Odisha, and imbibed its importance to the existence of all those present there. The cultural programs and the organizers received all-round praise and appreciation from one and all. Nearly 500 plus audience remained glued to their seats watching outstanding and fabulous performances from the in-house talents as well as from the visiting celebrities.
A documentary based on the ancient marine trade activities of our motherland, Odisha was screened in the beginning of the event, reminding everyone of our rich trade and cultural heritage. Pujya Aksharatirth Swami, Mr. B. K. Singh, Mr. Rajendran, Mr. Dilip Verma, Pradeep Kumar Rath -President of OSA, Siddartha Das – General secretary, Kamal Kumar Panda – Cultural secretary presented their views on the rich marine trade traditions prevailing during ancient times, along with rich cultural heritage of the state. OSA also took the opportunity to release its desk calendar to mark the “Boita Bandana Utsav” occasion in the presence of the leading personalities and the august gathering.
OSA’s President Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rath, was ably supported and guided by Board of Advisors Mr. Ashok Mohanty, Mr. Ashok Panda and Mr. Himanshu Das in organizing this grand cultural extravaganza. Equally important roles were played by Siddartha Das, Kamal Panda, Balkrushna Bisoyi, Pratik Dash, Sudanshu Patro, Arun Malik, Sukarna Behera, Sushovan Das, Abdur Rauf, and Manas Udgata in organizing the event. Besides them, Kartik Singh, Amulya Sahoo, Rabinarayana Dash, Sushanta Mohapatra, Satyabrata Patra, Siddartha Sabat, Pradeep Sahu, Sougat Nayak, Sanjib Patel, Ranjit Dash, Satyajit Singh, Vishnu Ippili and Sudhir Panda played key supporting and strategic roles in organizing this historic event. Odia Samaj Abu Dhabi will continue to make relentless efforts to spread the rich cultural heritage of our motherland overseas by organizing such events with the help of the expat Odia community residing in Abu Dhabi.
OSA thanked all those who played a key role in making the event such a historic and momentous occasion.

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