To preserve and propagate Oriya culture and to create awareness about philosophy of Orissan socio-cultural heritage between Orissa and Karnataka, Orissa Association Mysore (OAM) will celebrate Utkal Divas (Odisha Day) with lot of enthusiasm and fanfare every year.
This year the 'Utkal Divas 2011', was celebrated at Jaganmohan Palace on Sunday with a sheer of cultural programmes, including an Odissi dance drama and Odisha Folk dance by renowned dancers from ‘Nupur’ a famous Odissi dance institution based in Bhubaneswar. The students of Odissi Dance Academy also presented Santakaram Bhujanga Sayanam in praise of Lord Vishnu.
Apart from this, Devi Bandana, Lalita Labangalata Abhinaya duet, Madhu Basanta Dance Drama group, Danda Nata Chadeia and Chadeiani, fold dance and Smbalpuri Chit Chita, folk dance and many other cultural programmes were also held on the occasion.
The Association is a non-profit, non-commercial, socio-cultural organization established in 1993 and was registered in 1998 with the intension of developing spiritual and socio-cultural centre in and around temple complex for research on Vedic studies, Yoga, Classical art, music & dance of Orissa and Karnataka.
About Utkal Divas
Orissa was separated from Bengal province after a long struggle of around 350 years hence to commemorate the day of the formation of the state since April 1, 1936 this day is observed as Utkal Divas. Now with the change in name of Odhisa to Orissa this day is also called as Orissa Day.
With the long journey and struggle of the last Hindu ruler of the Odhisa was Mukunda Dev. Utkal Sammilani lead by Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandit Nilakantha Das, Bhubanananda Das and many others played a key role for the creation of a separate Orissa state on the basis of linguistic pattern.