NRI Day (Non-Resident Indian Day), otherwise known as Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is observed on January 9 every year, marking the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to later lead the freedom fight.
Every year, the Govt. of India organizes Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention since 2003, which is attended by thousands of delegates.
There has been an estimate that around 17.5 million Indian migrants live in different countries, which is 6% of the world population.
Cities with the highest number of Odia NRIs include Dubai, Doha, New York, Manchester, Norway, Canada, etc.
Among this vast populace, a maximum of them form the majority part of the world labour force. Nearly, 40,000 people from Odisha have been granted emigration clearance.
Popular Odia NRIs
Bibhu Mohapatra – He is a popular fashion designer of New York who hails from Rourkela, Odisha.
His popular collection is named Artmenis. In 1996, he moved to America to earn a Master’s degree from Utah State University.
Solila Parida – Solila is born in Odisha, in Berhampur city.
Now, she lives in America and is one of the successful American writers and producers.
Some of her popular works are Desires of the heart, Bandit Lovers, etc. She has also worked in Bollywood for a while.
Sunny Tripathy – Sunny lives in Toronto and is an Indian-American actor, writer and producer. He was titled Mr. India Global.
He has his ancestral roots in Odisha. Some of his movies are Keeping Up with the Guptas, Troublemaker, The Locket, Naked Innocence, etc.
Mira Nair – Who does not know her! Mira is a popular face in the entertainment industry. She was born in Rourkela, Odisha and is now based in New York as one of the eminent filmmakers.
She is also a writer and has written books like The Namesake: A Portrait of the Film, and more.