Attempt to Distort the History of Khandua is an Offense against Cultural Heritage, said Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Any attempt to distort history of Khandua must be condemned as an offense against cultural heritage, said eminent journalist and culture scholar Subhas Chandra Pattanayak in a mass meeting in Tigiria’s Nuapatana on September 22. Tigiria is Sri Pattanayak’s native place.

The meeting was held in evening to protest against recent attempts by a vested interest section of weavers of Maniabandh village belonging to the neighboring Tahsil of Baramba in the district of Cuttack to mislead the state about Khandua heritage.

Bhagirathi Nanda, President, Orissa Cooperative Tasar and Silk Federation Ltd (SERIFED) who on 7 July 2009 had apprised the Controller of Geographical Indication Registry of origin and development of Khandua in Nuapatana, conducted the meeting.

Sri Pattanayak quoted and analyzed various sources in which Nuapatana of Tigiria is recognized as the place of origin of Khandua. Recalling his childhood days he said, Maniabandh was known for manufacture of a peculiar pattern of Dhoti and Chadar Called Maniabandhi Joda. The only Sharee Maniabandh was producing was known in the locality as Chagla Sharee. Khandua was Nuapatana’s exclusive product.

Linking the history of Khandua to history of Sri Jagannatha, Sri Pattanayak recalled how Ramachandra Dev –ii, the Gajapati emperor of Orissa, in a court-order in 1641 Saka, had asked the King of Tigiria to prevail upon eight weaver-brothers of Tigiria (Nuapatana) to supply Khandua to Srimandira for use by Sri Jagannatha in lieu of which he had offered to appoint them as Patra Sevakas of the Lord. This being recorded by the Madala Panji is a conclusive proof of Khandua being manufactured only in Nuapatana in Orissa. As far back as on 18th September 1813, a list of cloths kept for use by Sri Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhdra was prepared by the British, Khandua mentioned in this list is noted as (Nua) Putnee Khandooa, There is no mention of Maniabandh in respect of Khandua in this list, said Sri Pattanayak.

Recalling his childhood memories, Sri Pattanayak disclosed how legendary artist Bibhuti Kanungo had stayed in Nuapatana in the house of Arjuna Subudhi for months together to learn the technique of Khandua weaving. Later as he transmitted that technique to Sambalpuri weavers, he was issued with a communication of appreciation by the central government.

Quoting sources he said, Khandua and Bandha Padavali textiles found in public museums in India and abroad so far are from Tigiria (Nuapatana) only; not from Maniabandh.

So, evidently, Nuapatana of Tigiria is the habitat of the creators of Khandua. It is an offense against history to claim originality in manufacturing of Khandua by weavers of any other locality, said Sri Pattanayak.

High Court Judges should be posted outside Their Home States

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Lawyers in Orissa are divided on the issue of High Court Judges staying in their home States.

In expressing resentment over contemplated transfer of a Judge, the Orissa High Court Bar had recently stopped work for a remarkable period.

Members of the Bhubaneswar Bar refused to support their Cuttack friends on this issue. On the other hand, Western Orissa Lawyers, specifically of the Sambalpur Bar have raised the specific demands that lawyers elevated from Bar to Bench should not be posted in the same High Court.

The demand of the Sambalpur Bar is quite pertinent. This demand does not connote to any doubt on honesty of any particular Judge. But friendship, relationship, love, affection and all such factors of personal attachment are viruses that are seldom extinguishable.

A perception is getting stronger everyday that judiciary is down in corruption. Therefore demands are getting stronger that the Judges should disclose their properties. It is difficult to believe that every Judge enhances his/her property behind every judgment delivered in supersedence of public expectations. But it is not impossible to apprehend that personal attachment to a previous intimate friend in the Bar or to the litigant concerned, might be affecting a judgment, judges being human beings.

The mischief of personal relationship, bound to stay undiminished in the environment of home state, cannot be eliminated by any law. Hence, in interest of justice, there should be framed a Law with the stipulation that High Court Judges must not be posted in their home States.

And, the sooner it is done, the better.


Dear Friends,

Veteran journalist Mr. Annada Kumar Ray,67, who is well known for his honesty ,integrity and professional efficiency is suffering from Colon Cancer and presently under treatment at Sanjivani Nursing Home, Bhubaneswar.

All the resources available with his family has been exhausted for his treatment at different hospitals. His family members are left with no resources to mobilize further finance.

As you know, huge funds are required for treatment of such a disease. His family members are virtually in distress.

Under such circumstances, we sincerely feel that the media fraternity should express solidarity with him and his family by extending financial help to the best of their ability for his treatment.

Those who want to contribute may kindly remit in the following Savings Bank Account of his wife:

Smt. Kanak Manjari Das,
State Bank of India, S.B. Account No. 103781823-2,
SBI, Sriram Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar.

Or may please remit by Money Order in favor of:

Smt. Kanak Manjari Das,
Wife of Sri Annada Kumar Ray,

The Media Unity for Freedom of Press may kindly be informed about details of the donation through

With warm regards,

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak,
Prasanta Patnaik,
Sampad Mohapatra,
Rabi Das,
Prafulla Das,
Gopal Mohapatra,
Sudhir Patnaik,
Dwijen Padhi.