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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Odisha today marked the historic day of its 85th year of formation as a separate State. Greetings from organizations, eminent personalities and Odia Diaspora from all around the world poured in to mark the occasion.

On the occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Amit Shah and Dharmendra Pradhan, Consulate General of India, Sydney, Indian National Congress wished the people of the State.

Leading Odia music channel Tarang Music released a song 'Sundara Mo Odisha Bhuin' on Utkal Divas. The song has been written by Lalit Narayan Rath while the music has been given by Pabitra Pattanaik and directed by Lubun Tubun.

A bunch of leading male and female singers of Odia film industry including Bishnu Kabi, Swayam Padhi, Satyajeet, Sashank, Tarique Aziz, M Basudev, Antara, Sohini, Arpita, Lopamudra, Sweta Mishra and Jagruti have lend their voice for the song.

Extending his best wishes to the creative team of the song, Governor Ganeshi Lal said, "The song is related to Odisha's culture and tradition and it is a praiseworthy endeavour by music director, lyricist, singers and Tarang Music. I extend my best wishes to them."

On this day in 1936, Odisha became a separate province out of Bihar and Orissa Province with addition of Koraput and Ganjam from the Madras Presidency under British rule on a linguistic basis.

The main revolution for a separate identity of the State continued for three decades from the very day of formation of Utkal Sammilani in 1903 that led to the foundation of a separate Odisha Province around a decade before India achieved Independence from the British colonization.

The historic movement earned leaders including Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja SriRam Chandra Bhanj Deo, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandita Nilakantha Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher and many others legendary status in the history of Odisha.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)


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