A family of wild elephants has been trying to cross the dirt track for over an hour. The men holler and hoot. They lob rocks and throw lathis. They laugh with glee.
As India comes to terms with the demonetisation of high value currency notes, one festival that truly represents the spirit of commerce and finance might come and go in Orissa this year, without much fanfare – Boita Bandana and Bali Jatra.
Odisha can lead a second Green Revolution in the east if it taps the hidden potentials like a boss.
Given the agrarian origins and largely secular moorings of Nuakhai, there is no reason why it should not be a pan-Odisha festival.
Synonymous with straw painting, Jirala in Dhenkanal district has carved a place for itself in the art map of Odisha due to the efforts of Pradeepta, who is the lone craftsman in the state practicing and promoting straw painting.
For me, this brief reminiscence of history will always remain a wonderful memorandum of reverence to Odisha from Pakistan.
While just two to three families prepare these cards in Puri district, there is only one family each in Sonepur, Ganjam and Gajapati districts who are carrying on with the tradition.
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For the past couple of years, he has been visiting the Bhaskareswara Temple every single morning, spending his time there picking the trash on the grounds.
With a coastline of 485 km along the Bay of Bengal, Odisha is home to some of the best beaches in India. From Balasore to Ganjam, these pristine and beautiful beaches have everything to offer to a visitor from a clean sea bed to turquoise blue waters to golden sparkling sand.
In this era of two-minute research noodles made viral through smart memes and quick tweety wits, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak’s “Nabakalebara: Legends and Reality” (Shabdasparsha, 2015) is not one that everyone would probably want to read.
While I was walking down one of the streets in the centre of our city, I saw an auto stopping by, and I rushed near it, as if I was in a great hurry to catch a flight, which was apparently not the scene.
Odia author and cultural historian Jagannath Prasad Das has recently permitted to re-license under a free license Creative Commons Share-Alike 4.0 or CC-BY-SA 4.0 for 30 volumes of his notable works.
Diwali is a unique celebration in Odisha. Here, the ‘Festival of Lights’ is not just limited to customary bursting of crackers and exchange of lip-smacking sweets, but also accompanied by Kali Puja and the ritualistic ceremony of ‘Badabadua Daka’. The celebrations are special in the Millennium City of Cuttack, Coastal town of Bhadrak and the very-popular Pilgrim Town of Puri.
For those interested in mangroves and their hidden treasures, Bhitarkanika is the place to be in this holiday season.
Odia Wikisource, a sister project of Odia Wikipedia and a free online Odia-language library is celebrating its first anniversary in Bhubaneswar tomorrow i.e., 25th October, 2015. Available online at or.wikisource.org, the project finally went live in last year on October 20 after being incubated over two years.