New Delhi: The Intellects, a forum of New Delhi-based academic Odia people, observed the Raja Utsav in a special way in the national Capital on Sunday with launching a centre called ‘Aasa Sikhiba Amari Bhasha’ (Let us learn our own language). The forum has been working to publicise Odia language, culture and literature in New Delhi.
ITDC Director (Finance) Trinath Behera graced the occasion as the chief guest and lauded the Intellects’ effort to publicise Raja utsav. Besides Behera, JNU’s Health Centre Director Dr Goutam Patra, IGNOU’s Reader Dr Sadananda Sahu, Union Youth and Sports Ministry’s Joint Director Indubhushan Lenka, Odisha Diary’s chief Rashmi Ranjan Parida also graced the occasion.
A puppet show was organised to make the utsav more interesting. Special Odia dishes, including Manda Pitha, were served to those who attended the programme.
The Chief Guest felicitated Pankajamala Sarangi and Sanjay Kumar Parida for their contribution to the ‘Let us learn’ programme. The new cell was opened at Bhupasingha colony in Rajpura Khurda in New Delhi.
The forum’s Aditya Mohanty, Bhaktabandhu Nayak, Premananda Swain, Nirmal Dhal, Debaraj Mohanty, Smrutidhara Rout, Preeti Dash, Susil Kumar Behura and Akshaya Kumar Biswal coordinated the programme.