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"Saraswati Puja (Basant Panchami)" to be celebrated by Lucknow Oriya Samaj on 22nd January, 2018

 
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EVENTS

The Odia community of Lucknow celebrated Kartik Purnima and ‘Boita Badana’ on the banks of Gomti river early in the morning on 25th November 2015 in a festive spirit. The celebration took place on the Ghat near Jhulelal Park.

Members of the community from all corners of the city assembled at the river bank, at the break of dawn to celebrate the festival. Many women dressed in their traditional attire sailed off tiny boats made of the bark of banyan tree in the river.

The ‘Boita Bandana’ festival which is celebrated every year on Kartik Purnima is significant to the ancient history of Odisha. This reminds the maritime glory of the State. In olden days the 'Sadhabas' (Sea traders) used to sail off to distant islands like Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Ceylon for their trade by huge boats ('Boita'). The women of the community were giving them a hearty send-off on this day. The days are now gone, but the memory is still alive. Now, people float tiny boats made of bark of the banyan tree while reminiscing the past glory.

On the occasion a cultural programme was also organised by the Lucknow Oriya Samaj, in which eminent playback singers Mrs. Susmita Das and Mr. Abhijit Mishra mesmerized the audience with many old and new Odia songs.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. G.B.Pattnaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj, said that the celebration of Kartik Purnima by the Odia community of Lucknow began in the year 2011. Ever since the community has been observing the festival every year as a major cultural event.

Lucknow Oriya Samaj celebrated Ganesh Puja with traditional fervor on 17th September 2015 at Ekta Sadan, Jopling road, Lucknow. The programme was attended by many members of the Odia community of the city. The Puja was held at around 1 pm followed by 'puspanjali'. A special 'puspanjali' also took place later in the evening. In the get-together held in the evening, Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj, welcomed all the participants. The new members attending the function for the first time, introduced themselves to the audience.

At the end, a community dinner was held, in which all members participated with their families. Thereafter the immersion of the idol was done late in the night, in the Gomti river.

Odisha day was celebrated by Lucknow Oriya Samaj, in association with Ayodhya Sodh Sansthan on 1st April 2015 at the Sant Gadge Auditorium of Sangeet Natak Academy, Lucknow. Sri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, was the chief guest. Eminent Odissi dancer Meera Das, along with her co-artistes from Cuttack, presented spell-binding Odissi items ranging from pure dance to ‘abhinaya’. A dance number depicting the coordination between ‘tala’ and ‘laya’ was all the more captivating.

The auditorium was fully packed with spectators, with the culture loving Odia and non-Odia citizens of Lucknow, who did not wish to miss the opportunity to witness the richness of Odisha’s performing art forms showcased every year on the occasion.

Sri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Governor, in his speech remarked that the variance in the nomenclature of Odisha Day created certain confusion. While sometimes it was referred to as ‘Utkal Divas’, somewhere else it was mentioned as ‘Odisha Divas’. He appreciated the rich cultural heritage of Odisha, and said that such celebrations facilitate cultural exchanges among states.

The Odia Food festival was an added attraction of the show. Hon’ble governor visited all the food stalls in the festival and also tasted a typical Odia food. The annual souvenir of Lucknow Oriya Samaj ‘Nirmalya’ was inaugurated on the occasion. Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj expressed his thanks for the overwhelming participation in the celebration.

Saraswati Puja was celebrated by Lucknow Oriya Samaj on 24th January 2015. More than 200 members of the Odia commuity assembled at Ekta Sadan, Jopling Road, Lucknow to participate in the festival with great enthusiasm.

The puja and 'puspanjali' took place in the afternoon. Thereafter in the evening, in the cultural evening arranged on the occasion, members of the organisation presented songs and other events. Another round of 'puspanjali' also took place in the evening. New members also introduced themselves to the audience.

The programme concluded with a community dinner, in which all participated. The 'visarjan' of the idol was done at around midnight.  

The Odia community of Lucknow converged at the Boudh Sansthan auditorium on 7th November in a festive spirit to celebrate ‘Chahadakhai’ with the song renditions by eminent Odia singer Pranab Patnaik. Two other well known Odia singers Sunil Parida from Mumbai and Anidita Das from Bhubaneswar also joined the veteran Pranab Patnaik on the stage to mesmerize the audience with their famous old and new numbers. The audience was spell bound as Pranab Patnaik began his rendition with his spiritually elevating song: “Re atman, nidra parihari”. Keeping the distinct preferences of Lucknow audience in mind, he also presented a captivating ghazal, leaving a lasting impression.

The anchoring of the programme done by Hrushikesh Panigrahi, eminent anchor from Berhampur, added flavor to the show. For the first time ever the Odia audience of Lucknow got the see the difference that a lively anchoring could make to a musical programme.

At the end of the show, every one present on the occasion joined the ‘Chhadakhai’ dinner as a part of Kartik Purnima celebrations. Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj, thanked every one for the overwhelming participation on the programme.

Kartik Purnima festival was celebrated by the Odia community of Lucknow early in the morning on 6th November in traditional manner on the Ghat of Gomti river near Jhulelal Park. Odia families from throughout the city assembled at the river in a festive spirit and floated tiny boats made of banana stems.

In the olden times maritime traders of the state sailed into the sea with their merchandise on Kartik Purnima for conducting their trade. To remember the occasion tiny boats are floated in the river by the Odia’s every year.

In the celebration organized by the Lucknow Oriya Samaj, a large boat was also displayed in the river decorated in the shape of ancient ships. Little children in the fancy dress of ancient traders and thier wives added colour to the show.  Mr. Sunil Parida, Odia playback singer from Mumbai, enthralled the audience with many old Odia numbers. Many prominent members of the Oriya community, including Mr. G.B.Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj attanded the programme.

Ganesh Puja was celebrated with great enthusiasm on 29th August 2014 at Ekta Sadan, Jopling road, Lucknow. A large number of members of the Odia community participated. Puja began at 1 pm followed by 'puspanjali'. Another round of 'puspanjali' also took place in the evening. In the get-together held in the evening many members of the Odia community who were new to Lucknow, introduced themselves to the audience. Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj welcomed them all.

A community dinner was held in which all present on the occasion participated. The immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesh was held late in the night in Gomti river.

Odisha Day (Utkal Dibas) was celebrated in a grand manner on 1st April 2014 at Sant Gadge Auditorium, Sangeet Natak Academy, Lucknow, A large number of Lucknowites thronged into the auditorium to witness the classical and folk dance forms of Odisha showcased on the occasion. Sri B.L.Joshi, Hon'ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh was the chief guest of the celebration. In his address he appreciated the rich cultural heritage of Odisha. , Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj, welcomed the guests at the beginning. Mr. Rajan Shukla, IAS, principal secretary, department of culture and tourism, also spoke on the occasion.

The Odisi dance numbers presented by Ms. Kabita Dwibedi and her co-artistes left the audience enchanted. The artistes of Sambalpur Kala Parishad also presented on the stage traditional Sambaluri folk dance. The fervor and energy displayed in the traditional dance form mesmerized the spectators.

The Odia Food Festival was an added attraction of the celebration. Stalls in the food festival served genuine Odia cuisine and the people of Lucknow got an occasion to know the typicalities of Odia food. Mr. B.L.Joshi, Hon'ble governor also visited all the food stalls and praised the intitiatives of Lucknow Oriys Samaj in pupularizing Odia cuisine.

Lucknow Oriya Samaj celebrated Saraswati Puja in a festive spirit at Ekta Sadan on 4th February 2014. Many members of the Odia community of Lucknow participated in the celebration with remarkable enthusiasm.

The puja and puspanjali took place at around 2 pm in which the office bearers along with the president participated. Then in the evening a special puspanjali was also held in which around 200 members participated. Some of the members presented devotional Odia songs. Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of the organisation appreciated the achievements in various fields recently made by members: Mr. S.N.Sabat, Dr. J.K.Jena, Dr. A.K.Shasany and Mr. S. Panigrahi. The new members who were participating in a function of the organisation for the first time, introduced themselves in the gathering.

A community dinner was orgnised later in the evening. Thereafter, the idol of goddess Saraswati was imersed in Gomti Nagar in the night.

Lucknow Oriya Samaj

In the early morning of 17th November 2013, hundreds of members of the Odia community of Lucknow descended on the banks of Gomti river, near Lucknow University to celebrate 'Kartik Purnima' and ‘Boita Bandana’ with traditional fervor. Tiny boats made of banana stems were floated in the river in remembrance of the ships that sailed off into the sea in the ancient days carrying enterprising Odia traders to foreign countries. The festival was celebrated in the city of Nawabs to showcase the cultural uniqueness of Odisha.

On this occasion, Mr. Sunil Parida, Odia playback singer from Mumbai, presented old Odia numbers on stage, which cast a mesmerizing spell on the audience. A large decorated boat was also displayed in the river to symobolize the ships of ancient Odisha.

At the end, prasad, consisting of traditional Khichdi, was served. Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik thanked all for the wider participation of Odia citizens of Lucknow in the festival organised by Lucknow Oriya Samaj.

Ganesh Puja – 2013

Ganesh Puja was celebrated with a festive spirit on 9th September 2013 at Ekta Sadan Jopling Road, Lucknow. At around 2 pm Puja was performed in the presence of the president Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik and other office-bearers of Lucknow Oriya Samaj.

In the evening about 200 members of the Odia community assembled at the venue to offer 'pushpanjali'. Devotional songs were presented by some of the participants. President Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, in his speech, sought the co-operation of all concerned for the proposed construction of a Jagannath temple in Lucknow. At the end, a community dinner was organised in which traditional Odia cuisine was served. The 'Bisarjan' took place at around 11 pm when the idol of Lord Ganesh was immersed in the Gomti river.

Odisha Day was celebrated by Lucknow Oriya Samaj in association with Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan on 1st April 2013 at Sant Gadge Auditorium, Sangeet Natak Academy, Lucknow. His Excellency Shri B.L.Joshi, Hon’ble Governor, Uttar Pradesh, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Eminent writer Padma Shree Dr. Pratibha Ray was the guest-of-honour.

The Lucknow Odia Samman for the year 2013 was conferred on Dr. Pratibha Ray. ‘Nirmalya’ – the annual souvenir of Lucknow Oriya Samaj was released on the occasion. Shri B.L.Joshi, Honbl’e Governor in his address appreciated the rich cultural heritage of Odisha. He said that the state was blessed with many temples, Buddhist and Jain caves and architectural marvels of historic significance. He was impressed with the artistic inclinations of the people of Odisha, he said. Dr. Pratibha Ray lamented the gradual decline in the use of local languages in our country. She said that Odia literature was known for its sincerity in portrayal of social realities. She thanked Lucknow Oriya Samaj for conferring the ‘Lucknow Oriya Samman’ on her. Mr. Gopabandhu Patnaik, vice-chancellor of Lucknow University thanked all present for the overwhelming response to the Odisha Day celebrations.

Then the audience enjoyed an enthralling presentation of Odissi Dance on the stage. It was presented by the artistes of ‘Rudraksh Foundation’ Bhubaneswar, under the choreography of Guru Bichitranand Swain. The dance items included Mangalacharan, Rageshree, ‘Ahe Neela Shaila’, Dasavatar and Tala Madhurya. At the end prizes were distributed to winners of various competitions organized by Lucknow Oriya Samaj.

Saraswati Puja was celebrated in the traditional manner at Ekta Sadan, Jopling Road, Lucknow, on 15th February 2013. A large number of members attended the programme with their families and friends.

In the evening, a get- together took place at the venue in which Mr. Gopabandhu Pattanaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj recalled the journey of the organisation over the past many years and appealed for higher participation of all the members in the events being organised by the Samaj periodically. A few singers among the members and children presented devotional songs on the occasion.

After the singing of devotional songs, all present participated in the ‘Pushpanjali’. At the end, a community dinner was held at the venue in which traditional food of Odisha was served.

A large number of Odia families of Lucknow assembled at Jhulelal Park on the banks of River Gomti early in the morning on 28th November 2012 to float tiny boats made of banana stem in the river. A large boat was also decorated in the shape of the ships in which Sadhbas sailed off to foreign lands in the ancient days. Small children dressed as Odia Sadhba and Sadhaba Bohu added colour to the show.

The festival was celebrated in remembrance of the past glory of Odisha in maritime trade. Mr. Gopabandhu Patnaik in his speech said that the Sadhabas of ancient times had proven that Odia community possessed the potential to excel in trade and entrepreneurship. He opined that all in the community should work hard to regain the past glory and economic prosperity of Odisha.

Traditional Odia ‘khechudi’ was served to all present on the occasion. It was an opportunity for all Odias of Lucknow to experience the warmth of a traditional festival which serves as a part of the rich heritage of Odisha. .

The Odia community of Lucknow celebrated Ganesh Puja on the 19th September 2011 at Ekta sadan, Jopling Road, Lucknow. In the afternoon puja was performed in the presence of office-bearers of Lucknow Oriya Samaj. In the evening a large number of members with their families and friends participated in the Puspanjali.

New members of the organisation introduced themselves in the get-together that took place in the evening. All participants attended a community dinner at the venue.

The culturally inclined Lucknowites turned up in large numbers at the Open Air Theatre of Lucknow University on 1st April 2012 to witness the pageant of folk dances of Odisha showcased on the occasion of Odisha Day. Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, renowned author, graced the occasion as the chief guest ,while leading dance troupes from various parts of Odisha presented on stage many unique folk dance forms to make the celebration an unforgettable experience.

The chief guest Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, in her key note address, highlighted the cultural ethos of Odisha. She analysed the core values of Odishan traditions with specific reference to the history and folklores.

What followed was a vibrant display of various traditional dances of Odisha enacted with utmost perfection. Young performers from Bolangir in their traditional attire presented the famous Dalkhai dance with the accompaniment of Dhol and Mahuri. Folk dance troupes from Ganjam presented Ranapa and Bagha Nacha. Mesmerising of them all was the Sankha Vadan (blowing of conch) by a group of energetic youth from Berhampur with unique dance formations. Then the valiant martial arts of Khurda Paikas made a breathtaking spectacle. The pageant ended with the typical and charming Chhau dance by performers from Rairagpur.

At the commencement of the ceremony Mr. G.B.Pattnaik, president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj welcomed the guests to the event and said that the annual celebration of Odisha Day had turned into a cultural legend in the city of Nawabs. The programme ended with a community dinner attended by all members and guests present on the occasion.

The Lucknow Oriya Samaj organised Saraswati Puja at Ekta Bhawan, Jopling Road, Lucknow, on 28th January 2012. Around 200 members of the Odia community of the city were present on the occasion.

The puja of Goddess Saraswati was performed at 2 pm. Later in the evening devotional songs were presented by a few participants. Then the newcomers to the celebration introduced themselves. It was also an occasion to bid farewell to Mr. B.K.Pattnaik, IFS, who was set to leave the city on his superannuation. The speakers appreciated and put on record his valuable contribution in strengthening of Lucknow Oriya Samaj over a long spell of years since 1993.

The Puspanjali took place at around 9 pm, after which all the participants attended a community dinner arranged at the venue. The ‘Visarjan’ took place at around midnight.

Kartik Purnima and ‘Boita Bandana’  

Kartik purnima and ‘Boita Bandana’ was celebrated by Lucknow Oriya Samaj on 10th November 2011 on the banks of river Gomti at Jhulelal Park, Lucknow. A large number of people belonging the Odia community assembled at the venue in a festive spirit.

Tiny boats with ‘dipa’ placed on them were sailed off in river Gomti by all present. A large boat decorated in the pattern of ancient ships of the Odia ‘sadhabas’ was also floated in the river. It became a major attraction of the occasion.

In the previous evening lady members of Lucknow Oriya Samaj gathered in Lucknow University Guest House to make small boats by using banana stems. They also prepared ‘chuda ghasa’ in the typical Odiya manner which was served to all participants in the Kartika Purnima celebrations the next day.

The event was celebrated as a remembrance of the past glory of Odisha when the Odia sea-traders sailed away to far off countries on the day of Kartik Purnima for conducting their trade which brought bountiful prosperity to Odisha.  

Eminent writer Mr. Manoj Das deliverd a talk on ‘Faith and Friendship in the Age of Changing Values’ on 24th October 2011 in a symposium organised jointly by the Lucknow Management Association and the Lucknow Oriya Samaj.

Mr. Das dwelt on the crisis arising out of the erosion of confidence on faith and friendship in the modern era. He termed it as an evolutionary crisis, but asserted that friendship in the truer sense is still possible. He said that we should never be under the impression that ‘faith’ is not here. Faith is very much with us; but we need to change our attitude towards it.

At the outset Mr. G.B. Pattanaik, the president of Lucknow Oriya Samaj and Lucknow Management Association welcomed the guests. Mr. S.N.Agrawal, Executive Director of Lucknow Management Association and Mr. Abhay kumar Singh, chief general manager of State Bank of India also spoke on the occasion. Mr. K.S. Mishra proposed the vote of thanks.

An exhibition of the books in English and Oriya authored by Mr. Manoj Das was also organised on the occasion.

Lucknow Oriya Samaj organized ‘Orissa Day’ in a grand manner on 1st April 2011 at the Sant Gadgeji Maharaj Auditorium, Lucknow. Shri B.L.Joshi, the hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh graced the occasion as chief guest. Dr. Dinanath Pathy, eminent artist and the former Secretary of Kendriya Lalit Kala Akademi was the guest of honour.

Mr. Sudarshan Patnaik, the internationally acclaimed sand artist, and his team presented the unique art form of sand animation on transparent glass surface which was projected on screen. The painting using sand particles that went on changing in quick succession depicting various themes of current social relevance mesmerized the audience. A huge sand sculpture by Mr. Patnaik in the open outside the hall wishing the Indian Team victory in the Cricket World Cup Tournament was also widely appreciated by one and all.

The Gotipua dance by child artistes from Raghurajpur village in Orissa was the star attraction of the evening. The children supported by accompanists presented Dashbhuja, Gotipua and Odissi. The audience was spell bound by the Bandha Nritya presented by them based on traditional yogic mudras.

‘Nirmalya’ – the annual souvenir of Lucknow Oriya Samaj was also released on the occasion. The huge presence of a large number of Lucknowites made the auditorium packed to capacity and there was wide appreciation for the Oriya arts and culture showcased on the occasion.

The Ganesh Puja was observed with traditional gaiety on the 1st September 2011 at Ekta sadan, Jopling Road, Lucknow. It was attended by around 300 members and well wishers. While puja was held in the morning, the mass pushpanjali took place in the evening following presentation of dance and songs by child artistes.

The newly launched website of Lucknow Oriya Samaj was inaugurated on the occasion. Mr. G.B.Pattanaik, president of the organisation, invited the newly joined members to introduce themselves. The programme ended with prasad sevan and dinner which was attended by all present. The visarjan was performed late in the night.