Netaji birth anniversary celebrated in Cuttack

Cuttack: Several functions were held in the Millennium city of Cuttack, the birthplace of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, to observe the 115th birth anniversary of the leader today. Blood donation camps, art exhibitions, competitions for school children marked the day while the statues of Netaji at several places of the city were garlanded, followed by cultural programmes in the evening.

Orissa High Court Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda led the city in observing Netaji Jayanti when he unfurled the national tricolor and garlanded the statue of the leader inside the Netaji Birthplace museum here at Odiya Bazar. Since the election code of conduct is now in force due the forthcoming panchayat elections in the State next month, political leaders were seen absent from many functions. About 10,000 thronged the museum during the day. More than 5,000 visitors witnessed the special `yagnya` and puja that were held inside the room of Janakinath Bhawan where Netaji was born on January 23, 1897, informed the museum caretaker Jyoti Prakash Das.

Special programmes were also held at Stewart School and Ravenshaw Collegiate where Netaji had his initial education. However, the light and sound show at museum, announced in 2008 has not yet seen the light of the day. Similarly, the proposed Rs 3 crore tourism park near the museum that was announced by the Chief Minister last year is still a non-starter, Netaji lovers rued.