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Utkala Dibasa 2014 –  78th Utkala Dibasa Celebration around World #OdishaDay #Odisha #UtkalaDibasa

Utkal Dibas (also known as Odisha Day, Utkal Diwas, Utkala Dibasa,) is celebrated on 1st April every year  in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1 April 1936. Now it Turns to 78th Utkala Dibasa .

To remember the contributions and sacrifices made by the  legendary people of Odisha in those olden days, Utkal Divas or Orissa Day is celebrated all over the state.

Not only in Odisha but Utkal Divas is celebrated in many cities and towns in India and abroad, where people from Odisha used to stay (NRO / NRI).

≈ ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ ≈  
୧୯୩୬ ମସିହା ଏପ୍ରିଲ୍ ପହିଲା ଦିନ ଓଡ଼ିଶାକୁ ଏକ ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ରାଜ୍ୟର ମାନ୍ୟତା ମିଳିଲା । ତେଣୁ ସମଗ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶାରେ ଏପ୍ରିଲ ପହିଲା ଦିନ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ ଦିବସ’ ବା ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଦିବସ’ ପାଳନ କରାଯାଏ । ‘ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ’ କାନ୍ତକବି ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ରଚିତ ଏକ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତି ଭକ୍ତି କବିତା । ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଗଠନ ପରେ ଏହି କବିତାଟି ରାଜ୍ୟ ଗାନ ଭାବେ ପରିଚିତ ହେଲା । 
ଏହି ଅବସରରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ !

 History Behind Utkala Dibasa :-

Utkal Divas

After losing its complete political identity in 1568 following the defeat and demise of the last Hindu king Mukunda Dev, efforts resulted into the formation of a politically separate state under British rule on linguistic basis on April 1, 1936.

The main revolution for the separate state was continued for three decades from the very day of formation of Utkal Sammilani that lead the foundation of a separate Odisha Province. The movement was more intensed with the leadership of Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das, Utkala mani Gopabandhu Das, Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, Pandita Nilakantha Das, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Gangadhar Meher, Basudeba Sudhaladeba, Radhanath Ray, Bhubanananda Das, A. P. Patro and many others with the support of the public.

The newly formed Odisha consisted of six districts namely Cutack, Puri, Baleswar, Sambalpur, Koraput and Ganjam having its capital at Cuttack. John Austin Hubback took oath of office and became the first Governor of Odisha Province.

In 1948 and 1949 the area of Odisha was almost doubled and the population was increased by a third with the addition of 24 former princely states. In 1950, Odisha became a constituent state of India.

Dr. Harikrishan Mehta became first Chief Minister of the state after Independence of the country.  Leaders like Sh. Nandan Satpati, Shri Bijo Patnaik, Sh. Bishwa Nath Dass, Maharaj Narayan Singh Deo, Shri Birendra Mishra, Sh. Neelamani Raotrai, Sh. Nav Krishan Chaudhary, Sh. J.B. Patnaik have led the state with commendable devotion. Odisha has been the home of the Kalinga, Utkal, Kantara/Mahakantara and Kosal (South) who played a particularly prominent role in the region’s history. It was a major seafaring state that controlled and traded with most of the sea routes in the Bay of Bengal.

A major turning point in world history took place around 261 BC when the Mauryan emperor Asoka invaded Kalinga, which is famously known as Kalinga War. In this war Kalinga Soldiers fought bravely with great king Ashoka despite being without any leader. In this famous war around 1 lakh soldiers died and 1.5 lakh were arrested.

Kalinga is the place which transformed great king Ashok from Chandashu to Dharmashu.  It is the place which provided route to Bodh dharma to flourish. It is the birth place of Sarla Das who wrote Sarla Mahabharat. It is a place of Konark Art, Odisha Dance, Chaw Nritya, Sambhalpur Dance. It is the place which has given five of its sons for the writing of the constitution of India. The Odisha is a place of highly skilled people. It is well known history that the Konark Temple was completed by 12 year son of a mason.

State Songs of Utkala /state anthem of  Odisha :-
          Bande Utkala Janani  (Odia:ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ) is an Odia patriotic poem written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. When Odisha became independent on 1 April 1936, this poem was made the state anthem of  Odisha.


ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ,
ଚାରୁ ହାସମୟୀ ଚାରୁ ଭାଷମୟୀ,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥

ଶୁଭ୍ର ତଟିନୀକୂଳ-ଶୀକର-ସମୀରା,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥

ଘନ ଘନ ବନଭୂମି ରାଜିତ ଅଙ୍ଗେ,
ନୀଳ ଭୂଧରମାଳା ସାଜେ ତରଙ୍ଗେ,
କଳ କଳ ମୁଖରିତ ଚାରୁ ବିହଙ୍ଗେ,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥

ସୁନ୍ଦର ଶାଳୀ-ସୁଶୋଭିତ-କ୍ଷେତ୍ରା,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥

ସୁନ୍ଦର ମନ୍ଦିର ମଣ୍ଡିତ-ଦେଶା,
ପୁଣ୍ୟ ତୀର୍ଥାଚୟ-ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ-ପ୍ରଦେଶା,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥

ଉତ୍କଳ ଶୂରବର-ଦର୍ପିତ-ଗେହା,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥

କବିକୁଳମୌଳି ସୁନନ୍ଦନ-ବନ୍ଦ୍ୟା,
ଭୁବନ ବିଘୋଷିତ-କୀର୍ତ୍ତି ଅନିନ୍ଦ୍ୟା,
ଧନ୍ୟେ, ପୁଣ୍ୟେ, ଚିରଶରଣ୍ୟେ,
ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ, ଜନନୀ॥
କାନ୍ତକବି ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ର

English transliteration








—Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra

English translation

I adore Thee, O! Mother Utkal
How loving are thy smile and voice !
O! Mother! Mother! Mother!

Bath’d art Thou by the sacred Sea,
Thy shores adorned with trees tall and green,
Balmy breeze blowing by beauteous streams,
O! Mother! Mother! Mother!

Thy body bedeck’d with dense woodlands,
Arrayed with verdant hills plaited like waves,
Thy sky ringing with choirs of singing birds,
O! Mother! Mother! Mother !

How charming are Thy rich fields of corn !
Thou art Eye to Erudition enow,
Sacred Abode to saints and seers,
O1 Mother! Mother! Mother !

Thy land bejewelled with splendid shrines,
Richly dress’d art Thou in varied arts,
Thy limbs studded with sacred sites,
O! Mother! Mother! Mother !

Thou Home to the valiant heroes of Utkal,
Thy frame crimsoned with enemies’ blood,
Prime Darling of the whole universe,
O! Mother! Mother! Mother !

Greeted by Thy great sons, the crowning bards,
Thy untarnished glory proclaimed all around,
Blessed art Thou, the Holy, the Unfalling Abode,
I adore Thee, O! Mother! Mother! Mother !

—Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra
Src :- wiki

 odisha song bande utkala janani eodisha.org

How Odia’s Used to Celebrate :-

Odisha Govt Declared every 1st April as State Govt Holiday,Odia’s used to make it big event like making odisha famous Odissi Dance , Odisha Drama and used to do some drama which recollects old days .

  • Celebration of Odisha Day / Utkala Dibasa  Outside of Odisha:-
    • Utkala Diwas / Dibasa Celebration in Vizag / Vishakhapatanum (AP):-

An Odia food festival and a cultural extravaganza will mark the celebration of Utkal Divas, the formation day of Odisha, by Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj, premier socio-cultural organisation for Odias in the city, on April 1. The events will be organised at the Jagannath temple complex on Daspalla Hills.

The food festival by the Samaj members with ethnic and exotic Odia dishes like Manda, Kakara and Guguni will be big attraction. Mamini Kala Parishad of Cuttack sponsored by the Odisha government will present the cultural programme comprising traditional songs and dances.

Samaj president J.K. Nayak and secretary Bijoy Mahapatara have urged all to participate in celebrations in large numbers.(src HIndu)

  • Utkala Diwas / Dibasa  Celebration is Chennai / Madras,TamilNadu :-

`Utkal Divas’ celebrations, organised by the Utkal Association of Madras on Saturday. The formation of the State on April 1, 1936 is traditionally celebrated as Utkal Divas.

The Utkal Association of Madras has been active since the 1970s under K.P. Misra, a well-known surgeon as its life patron. Today, Chennai has over 2,000 families who have migrated and settled here. The association has its office in Velachery and has proposed to raise funds for building an accommodation for visitors, a community hall and a school, said Pravasha Pati, association secretary.

K.C. Chakrabarty, chairman, Indian Bank; P.G. Nambiar, secretary general, Chinmaya Heritage Centre and Rabi N. Mishra, general manager, Reserve Bank of India, spoke. (src Hindu)

  • Utkala Diwas / Dibasa Celebration in Bangalore / Bangaluru , Karnatak :-

Orissa Cultural Association(OCA) , Bangalore going to celebrate   Utkal Dibas in 6th April (Sunday) .  After President, Sushant Mahapatra welcomed the gathering, Orissa reminisced about the selfless leaders  whose struggles led to the  formation of the independent Orissa State on 1st April, 1936. He committed his full support to the Association in building the proposed OCA Orissa Bhavan in Bangalore.

  • Utkala Diwas / Dibasa Celebration in Mumabi:-

Bande Utakal Janani ….Janani… the official song of Odisha was sounded at a louder voice in Mumbai on April 1st as Utkal Divas was celebrated at different places in Mumbai. Govt of Odisha celebrated Utkal Divas at Odisha Bhawan, Vashi. Mumbai Utkal Samiti celebrated the day at Utkal Hall in Kurla (W). The Odisha foundation day was also celebrated at IIT-Bombay, Powai, Navy Nagar in Colaba, NAD Colony in Kanjurbag.

  • Celebration of Utkal Divas by Singapore Oriya Community :-

150 stronghold of Odia people residing in Singapore celebrated the Utkal Divas with lots of enthusiasm and patriotism at , Singapore.

The successful event was organized by SingOriya Committee members. Mr Hiranmaya Dash (Committee Member) and Debi Samantaray were in charge of registration and ensured that guests are in full comfort.   Mr Alok Kumar Panda (Committee Member), Mr Sambit Kumar Mishra (Committee Member), Mr Someswar Sharma (Committee Treasurer) were in charge of the exciting and much awaited cultural program which was the most attractive part of the whole event. Anchors, Mr Sambit Kumar Mishraand Mr Someswar Sharma, put in effort to make an exciting evening by engaging guest with various activities.  The celebration was inagurated by Mr Saroj Kumar Sathpathy (Committee President), supported by Dr Sanjib Kumar Panda (Committee Vice-President) with lighting ceremony

  • Celebration of Utkal Divas by Canada Oriya Community:-

Utkal Dibasa (Odisha Day) is celebrated every year to mark the formation of the state of Odisha on April 1, 1936 after a long struggle to gain its own identity. We are celebrating this day on April 6th, 2013 at Tagore Centre (140 Millwick Drive, Toronto). Please come and join us in this celebration.

If anyone needs a ride, please contact one of us. Below are our contact details:

  1. Anup Sahoo, asahoo.uw@gmail.com, +1 647 477 9310
  2. Subash Bisoyi, subash_bisoyi@yahoo.ca, +1 647 740 9951
  3. Asutosha Acharya, asutosha.acharya@gmail.com, +1 647 771 0660
  4. Salina Behera, salina83@gmail.com, +1 647 200 8730
  5. Ramesh Baral, rameshbaral2002@yahoo.com, +1 416 660 0633
  6. Gajanana Sahu, gajajnanasahu@yahoo.com, +1 647 298 1972
  • Celebration of Utkal Divas by Dubai  Oriya Community:-

300 above Odiya people residing in Dubai, Sharjah, Abudhabi, and Alain & Fujairah celebrated Utkal Divas with lots of enthusiasm and patriotism at Four Point Cereton Hotel, Dubai, UAE. This successful event was organised by Odisha Samaja –

Organiser Mr. Chandra Sekhar Khuntia was welcome to all and Mr. Sanjiv Sahoo was open-handed many thanks to all supporters.  In the end, inaugurated new Odisha Samaja website www.osuae.org  and then planned to celebrate all our Odiya festivals & national event in special way on future .

Odia Wallpaper for Utkala Dibas :-

Utkal Divas


Bande Utkala Janani

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