Itanagar, April 2 (LocalWire): Odisha’s 84th Foundation Day, or Utkala Divasa, has been celebrated with fervor at the Rajiv Gandhi University campus here, an official said on Tuesday.
The function was organised by the Arunachal-Utkala Sanskrutika Parishad (AUSP), Itanagar, on Monday.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, AUSP adviser Dr. Manjula Mohapatra remembered the contribution of Odia leaders Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala Mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Sri Ram Chandra Bhanj Deo, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandita Nilakantha Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher, Basudeba Sudhaladeba, Radhanath Ray, Bhubananada Das and A.P. Patro, among others, in the development of the state after forming Utkala Sammilani in 1903.
Utkala Sammilani had forced the British to accept Odisha on linguistic basis as a province of India on April 1, 1936, she said, and recalled that Arunachal governor Surendra Nath Dwivedi was instrumental in celebrating 1st Utkal Diwas in Raj Bhawan in 1992 followed by formation of AUSP, which has been celebrating the occasion since then.
The occasion also saw a touching farewell to Gakul Chandra Baral, who had retired from State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) as assistant director (academic) on January 31, 2019, and Sananada Pradhan, who had retired as SCERT assistant director (English) on March 31, 2019.