Archive for June, 2012

Uncertainty over lower Suktel project continues

Following report is from the Sambad:

June 22, 2012 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

Dance and music of western Odisha

Following is a report from the Hindu:

Odisha Tourism recently organised “Rangabati”, a festival of dance and music of western Odisha. The name was drawn from the folk song sung by Jitendriya Haripal and Krishna Patel in the late 70s. That it still continues to catch the imagination of the young and the old alike was on full display at Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneshwar.

Each of the three days of the festival invited five troupes to perform music and dance typical to Western Odisha. Dukhisyam Triparty sang solo to open the festival. The bhajan ‘Bulibuli Singh duare kandibo banamali suno bhai’, entreating Lord Jagannath to show mercy, followed by ‘Harinam Pan Karo pujuta dhako dhako harinam ke’ and ‘Bhavasindhu se khaditi logoi de mobhela’ was effective in arousing bhakti. Dilip Kumar Bag who took Sambalpuri music to great heights, is possessed with a wonderful singing voice with an incredible range. The song “Udogo Ma Dhawal mukhi, dhumal Barani ”is a song on Durga and it was sung with zest. The duet song ‘Kalabati Morkala kajuri’ sung by the couple Dilip Kumar Bag and Padmini Bag was romantic in nature.

The presentation of Maa Samaleswari Daliakhusa Kala Parishad was colourful and the performers consisting of two women dancers, accompanied by seven instrumentalists, in an intricate rhythm pattern was vigorous and enchanting. The folk instruments played were dhol, madal, nishan, tasa, pakhawaj, bansi, bir-kahali, gini, ektara, muhuri, ghulgula, ghunguru, and jhanj, punctuated by mnemonic syllables. Karam Sani nritya was performed by boys and girls of Pancham Bolangir. Karma is the most colourful dance of the district. It is a tribal dance in honour of “Karam Sani”, the deity who grants children, as they believe. In the beginning the dancers entered the dancing arena in two rows. The drummers and the singers accompanied the dancers with rhythmic steps. Humo is a dance showing young girls at play. The group sang and danced to verses that have come down from ancient times. They danced gleefully in slow rhythm and the audience got a brief glimpse of their happy moments, before they would be married off.

Mahuri Kala Parishad, Rourkela concluded the day’s programme with ‘Panchadeva Bandana’. The second day’s evening started with the solo singer of Padmini Dora, who commenced with ‘Are babu Shyam Ghana tugale’ accompanied by dhol, tasa, tabla and tar shehnai. The second presentation was Sambalpuri Geetmala of folk music. Her song was a combination of about six folk songs. Radha hears Krishna playing the mohan bina and her heart is in turmoil. The song became even more beautiful, with her dancing steps she used while singing. The third number was amazingly contemporary, where Sucharita Misra danced as Padmini sang ‘Gharoro mouli’ – do not trample the jasmine under your feet. Anyone who wants to pluck the flower does it. It was a metaphorical statement appealing to the good senses of the people to respect the rights of women.

Jitetdriya Haripal is a name to reckon with in the music of Sambalpur. His song ‘Bar deuli pathar khasri’ is the cry of a bhakta of lord Jagannath and his strange way of expecting salvation. The other two songs ‘moulodhare barasilopani’ and ‘Pokhano upane dharana pani’ were romantic in nature. Ranga Ferua Sambalpur was the third artist of the evening. He sang a duet song with his wife Parvati where she pleads with him to give up drinking. The song provided comic relief to the audience.

Mahabir Snskrutika Anusthan, Bhawanipatna showcased Baja Sal and Singh played during marriage ceremony. It was a rich fare of young men and women coming in a procession and rendering their vigorous and joyful dance.

‘Dholo pare parebajare bajania’ entreats the dholakia to play the drum so that dance can be rendered. This song, and the song where a girl, who has a thorn stuck to her feet entreating her companions to remove it, gave the audience a glimpse of the day to day simple happenings of village folks. They rounded off their short programme with a ‘Dalkhaire’.

The celebrated singer Krishna Patel was the audience’s choice. She, therefore, sang for a long time, singing three solo songs-‘Dholi dholi asche kunjo banu kalia kanu’ – describing the coming of Lord Jagannath from the garden of flowers, ‘Mon jamunar kule’, a romantic song in jhumur tune and a ceremonial folk song ‘Raserkeli chata orapadhai’. She sang in a high pitched clear voice much to the liking of the audience.

Pankaja Kumar Jala was all bhakti with his song ‘Tomoro pade saranna gali’ asking round eyed Jagannath’s protection. Then he prayed to Ma Samala through the medium of dance. His third song was a ‘Dhap’, an ancient custom of Kanda – adivasi – Samaj. His last song – a Bauni – was a sad song lamenting the loss of his beloved. Radharani Sanskrutika Sansad, Bolangir presented a tasteful blend of dhol, nishan, mahuri, tasha, tamka and jhanj. Their songs cover every aspect of human life – divine life, social life, economic life and cultural life.

Ukia Sambalpur, under the able leadership of Ranjan Kumar Sahu came with his basket of all the traditional folk dances in a combined form. The folk dances like the Karama dance performed on the festive occasion of Bhardrav Ekadashi (August/September) is a ritual followed. Besides Karama, they danced Humanan, Parva, Dalkhai, Dhap, Nua Khai, Mailajada as well as other forms. Parva or Shiva tandava is a part of danda nritya. It is a tribal dance performed during Chaitra.

Sambalpur Kala Parishad did a kind of sawal-jawab with the drummers with a variety of steps rendered in high speed. Through dance they displayed the rituals of fasting during the seventh day of Dussehra and breaking of the fast on the eighth day, before boys and girls socialise and break into joyful dance.

June 22, 2012 at 2:31 am Leave a comment

People of Balangir demand completion of lower Suktel irrigation project

Following report is from the Sambad:

June 19, 2012 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Regional imbalances in Odisha:National seminar on creation of new states in India with specific reference to Kosal

Following message was posted in KDDF:

On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM, janatavikas manch <> wrote:

Dear all,

The backwardness of Western Odisha prominently figured in the meeting – Three years of BJD government in Odisha and UPA Govt at Centre –  organised by Janata Vikas Manch (JVM) on May 22, 2012.

There were two lines of thinking on the reasons for the backwardness of Western Odisha. One opinion was that the policy makers sitting at Bhubaneswar are ignoring the region and the only solution to solve the problem of Western Odisha is to divide the state and form a new state called Kosal state.

Countering this line of thinking, another view was that the division of the state will not solve the problem because Odisha is already small. The upper caste is responsible for the backwardness of the state as they do not allow the SC and ST to develop.

In this backdrop,  Kosal Kranti Dal, a political outfit, is organizing a day long Seminar. The base paper of the Seminar is attached below. The two other files in this regard is attached with this mail.

JVM has been advocating the development of the backward region specially Western and Southern Odisha along with the development of the SC and ST population in the state. We request all to carry forward this debate to solve the problem.


 Sai Prasan

June 17, 2012 at 3:24 am Leave a comment

Fishermen on the Mahanadi river near Subarnapur

Fishermen row their boat as they set off for a day’s work on the Mahanadi River near Subarnapur, above 300 kilometers (187 miles) from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneshwar, India, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout).

June 16, 2012 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

State expedites process of setting up mega food park at Rayagada

Following report is from the Hindu:

Collectors asked to locate land for the Primary Processing Centre

Collectors of 11 districts have been instructed to locate five to 10 acres of land in their districts for setting up Primary Processing Centre (PPC) which would be linked to the proposed Mega Food Park at Rayagada.

The Mega Food Park is proposed to be developed over an area of 50 acres. But it could be expanded to an area to 100 acres in different phases to accommodate more investors. It has been decided that the project will be implemented in PPP (public private partnership) mode with an investment of around Rs. 200 crore.

Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik took a review of the progress of the food park at Rayagada which was expected to help add value to agri-products.

“The park will have its major Primary Processing Centres (PPC) at Khurda, Nawarangpur and Gopalpur ( Ganjam). PPCs will also be set up in Koraput, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Subarnapur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Boudh and Kandhamal,” said the office of Chief Secretary in a press statement here on Wednesday.

It has also been decided that Collection Centres will be established in each block of these districts. Each collection centre will need about two to 5 acres of land.

The food park is likely to create direct and indirect employment opportunity for around 30,000 people.

According to the statement, to ground the project one SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) has been formed involving IDCO, Expo Bio-Tech Limited, Keventor Agro Ltd. and Basanta Devi Charitable Trust.

The SPV has been named MITS Mega Food Park and it has been incorporated by the Registrar of Companies Odisha.

The raw material viability analysis shows there is potentiality for growth of 16 types of industries in the Mega Food Park.

“These sectors are maize processing, rice processing, diary industry, poultry, spices, fruits and vegetables, mango pulp, tomato puree, grains-milling and processing such as breakfast cereals, coffee, cashew processing, pickle industry, tamarind processing, ready to eat products, soft drinks and natural juice and ancillary material for food packaging,” it said.

The meeting resolved to hold investors awareness programmes at Rayagada, Berhampur, Koraput, Bolangir, Titilagarh and Bhubaneswar for attracting the entrepreneurs and investors.

  • The food park is proposed to be developed over an area of 50 acres
  • Employment opportunity for about 30,000 people likely

June 16, 2012 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

Poverty in the KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) region of Odisha and government grants

Following report is from the Sambad:

June 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Tourism at Nuapada

June 12, 2012 at 2:53 am Leave a comment

A few links to Deogarh district in western Odisha

June 12, 2012 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

Drinking water problem in Boudh

Following report is from the Sambad:

June 12, 2012 at 2:21 am Leave a comment

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