At a time when the 127th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is being celebrated all around the country on Tuesday, his birthplace in Cuttack saw a huge rush of visitors. Janakinath Bhawan, the ancestral home where Netaji was born on January 23, 1897, and which has been converted into Netaji Birth Place Museum, received a steady flow of visitors on Tuesday.
The Odisha culture department has illuminated the museum building with architectural illumination. This time the admission register of Stuart School is going to be included in the new museum's Netaji Childhood Biography Gallery.
As per reports, the school authorities have handed over the register to the Netaji Museum from 1902 to 1908, the period when Netaji was studying there.
Various programs have been taken up by the museum and Lalit Kala Academy on Netaji's birth anniversary. Many eminent personalities came up to the Janakinath Bhawan and garlanded the statue of Netaji Subhas Bose. Odisha Culture Minister Ashwini Patra too paid his respects to the revolutionary leader by garlanding his statue.
Sculptures depicting Netaji’s life story and important events were also on display on Tuesday.
“We showcase portraits of Netaji Subhas Bose every year on his birth anniversary. But this year we have decided to display sculptures. These are done with soil. They will be later casted to fiber,” said a senior sculptor from Lalit Kala Academy.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation will soon make arrangements for bright illumination at the Gangamandir pool along with the Netaji Interpretation Centre.
On the other hand, freedom fighter Surendra Sai’s birth anniversary is being celebrated across the State today. Commemorating his sacrifice for the Indian freedom movement, various organisations, politicians and the Sambalpur district administration garlanded his statue at Jail Chhak in Sambalpur on Tuesday.
Speaking about Sai, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bargarh, Suresh Pujari said, “Veer Surendra Sai had begun revolting against the British rule in 1857. He was jailed for 37 years. His sacrifice for the country is second to none.”