Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s oldest and leading website, Odisha Diary (www.orissadiary.com) has been relaunched today on the eve of the 81st Anniversary of the Utkala Dibasa. This is to commemorate the Foundation Day which is celebrated to mark the formation of separate state of Odisha on 1st April 1936.
The new look website is an attempt to offer a beautiful, colorful and engaging experience of reading news and views through easy navigation. This user friendly website is customized to be viewed across platforms and devices like mobile, i-pad and desktop. Odisha Diary continues to be the No.1 website on Odisha since its foundation.
Odisha Diary was launched in 2005 to create a global online platform of news and views to brand Odisha throughout the world. In last 12 years the platform has become truly global and has created two most important verticals. Odisha Living Legend Awards was established in 2011, adding Youth Inspiration Awards in 2012 and now famous Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) was established in 2014.
Odisha Diary was possible because of the visionary thinking of our Founder Editor Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida. He along with his friends and colleagues planned this website as a voluntary venture to create space for Odisha in the digital world.
Mr. Parida believes that Odisha Diary is poised to make even greater contribution to Odisha and Odia culture, history and economy. Though his incredible energy and initiatives have brought laurels and awards for Odisha Diary, he does think that the best is still in immediate future. Mr. Parida says Odisha Diary always aims to connect all Odia across globe, cover their stories of success and challenges and promote brand Odisha. Mr. Parida says “I see Odisha Diary as a social venture where every reader is a stakeholder in the development of the state and also in shaping Odisha Diary to be able to reach and reflect the realities, hopes and aspirations of this ancient land and emerging modern society.”
Prof Kamala Kanta Dash, another founder member and senior editor, argues that Odisha Diary has been an inspiring initiative to engage the youth and the Odia diaspora. Prof Dash acknowledges the huge sacrifices being made by Mr. Parida and his team in last decade in starting, managing, maintaining and excelling at Odisha Diary. Dash strongly believes that continuation of quality work at Odisha Diary has been possible only because of the support of philanthropists and partners. In 2017 Odisha Diary has plans to reach out to educational institutions to brand students and faculty members and also engage with startups and small businesses to promote employability in the state.
Prachee Naik, co-founder and editor at Odisha Diary emphasized on the need of upgraded technology and design for Odisha Diary. The new look website reflects the latest developments and combines the best practices in the digital news industry. Pradeep Baisakh, senior editor at Odisha Diary has continued to stress on the role of media in development and inclusion. Mr. Baisakha who has been a social advocate of inclusion and rights expects activists, researchers and citizen journalists to use the newly designed Odisha Diary as their platform to engage with the world.
Sitansu Mohapatra has been a key force behind Odisha Diary from its beginning and has played an exemplary leading role in shaping the Kalinga Literary Festival. He highlighted the unparallel contribution of Odisha Diary in its short span of existence and showed confidence that the coming year is going to be a defining year for Odisha Diary.
The website team has invited suggestion and feedback on the new website. Please feel free to share your views through email: [email protected]