Orissa’s poetic tradition is oldest in India

In Orissa Sahitya Akademi’s series of Prof. Arta Ballav Mohanty Memorial Lectures this year, India’s eminent poet Ashok Vajpayi lauded Oriya language as the language that bears the country’s oldest poetic tradition.

Not only poetry had blossomed in Oriya matchlessly early, but also it had made an unique pattern of its own. The richness of lucidity, rich also in diversities in style of presentation, makes Orissa’s old poetic tradition unique. The vastness of vocabulary covering cross-referred subjects on every facet of life and society as marked in the works of Adi Kavi Sarala Das is not found even in Hindi literature of those days, said Vajpayee.

He pointed out that a poet’s strength of memory linked to empirical knowledge and societal tradition makes his work utmost relevant and of permanent value. This is seen in Sarala’s works. And, this is also reflected in works of Prof. Mohanty under whose able editorship Sarala Mahabharat could enter from the ranks of palm leave manuscripts into the modern world of print.

The memorial lecture was witnessed by Orissa’s Minister of Culture Prafulla Samal in the auditorium of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar amongst hundreds of persons of letters and intellectuals on Sunday.

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OGS Suspects Threat to the Life of Pipili Gang-rape Victim: Demands Immediate Arrest of Ex-Agriculture Minister and Officials Trying to Protect the Culprits; Stands with the Brother of the Victim for CBI Investigation

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Gana Samaj, initiated by Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) as the then Agriculture Minister hailing from Pipili had threatened media persons with dire consequences for reporting on Pipili gang-rape, has in a statement, expressed deep anguish over stage managed reports produced by the Crime Branch of Orissa Police shrewdly coined to end the case as clueless and has underlined its suspicion that there is severe threat to life of the rape victim as thereby the most material corpus delicti would be removed for the benefit of the accused persons.

The OGS has demanded that round the clock strongest possible protection be immediately given to the victim improving in coma condition and that, the demand of the brother of the victim for handing over the case to CBI be immediately accepted in order not to derail justice in the agonizing case.

The statement is in Oriya. Please click here to peruse it.