Strategies finalized for Chandrabhagotsava  

By A O News Service

BALASORE, Nov 28: Chandrabhagotsava, a five-day cultural extravaganza to mark 32nd anniversary of Odia magazine Chandrabhaga, would be conducted in Gandhi Smriti Bhawan here from December 30 next.

A meeting here on Sunday, chaired by octogenarian educationist-cum-celebration committee chairman Dr Prahallad Charan Mohanty, attended by poets and active members of Chandrabhaga, worked out strategies to make the event a great success.

The celebration would include annual activities 16th inter-college theatre symposium, 19th national painting workshop exhibition, 32nd literary (poetry fiction) conclave and 32nd excellence search among kids and youth, said editor Shrideb.

In fact, the magazine was first published from New Delhi in hand written from in 1981-82 by Shrideb with the help of few friends, including editor of this daily Pradeep Kumar. Therefore, responding to a query, Shrideb clarified that the magazine was registered with RNI in 1989 for which 2021 is its 32nd anniversary.

Ragdha-based S C B Degree College principal Dr Ashima Sahu, who gifted her six own published books, including five poetry works, said that Chandrabhaga is a great platform for her and many  poems of the editor – few leaving emotional impacts, few raising question marks and few ‘dil mage more’ – have brought attitudinal changes to help her in creative writing.

Dr Sahu, a poet herself, committed that her students would be taking part in the celebration and exhorted Shrideb to remain strong being a source of inspiration for many upcoming poets.

Educationist Niranjan Khuntia, who has published a bilingual book on tribal language, termed Shrideb a revolutionary who has been endeavouring to give Odia its desired direction. When he referred to publication of the proposed souvenir, Oriya daily Pragatibadi Balasore bureau chief Ratikanta Patra called upon all to ensure its publication soon to justify glory of Chandrabhaga. He described Shrideb as alloy and adopts himself to all sections of the society.

Odia magazine ChabishXSaat editor Biraja Prasad Nayak termed Shrideb creative and made invaluable contributions to the growth of Odia literature.

While underscoring contributions of Shrideb for popularity of Chandrabhaga that is circulated across the country as symbol of Odia literature’s recognition, English assistant professor Dr Sashikanta Mohapatra termed him as an icon.

Educationist Dr Bhagabata Prasad Panigrahi also spoke.

The meeting begun after one-minute prayer for 14 active members of Chandrabhaga, who have left for their heavenly abode, including Shiva Chandra Singh, Himanshu Das, Harish Pani and Paresh Kumar Gayan.

Highlighting various challenges, Shrideb, while giving point-wise clarification, informed that drama teams from Delhi, Shantiniketan and Puri have conveyed their willingness to come for participation which would involve huge expenditure. Moreover, the venue itself is costly and all these issues need serious thoughts.

Concerted efforts alone hold key to ensure success of all events, Dr Mohanty advised all members and well-wishers.

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