Odias at Kolkata Welfare Association, popularly known as OAK celebrated its Annual festival “Vande Utkala Janani -VUJ -2018” at the Science City Main Auditorium. This event is a mark of celebration of Utkal Divas or Odisha Day in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1st April, 1936.
The Mega Attraction of this year’s Vande Utkal Janani- 2018 was India’s Raw Star -2014 “Rituraj Mohanty”, who kept the audience spellbound with his melodious voice.
The second attraction was a very talented and upcoming artiste Ashima Panda from Odisha, who sang some of her recent hits plus the Bhajans and romantic numbers.
The Surprise Event was the performance of “Jugala Sankha Badya” by Shri Pabitra Kumar Mohapatra and his troupe from Berhampore, “Ranapa”.
The program opened with the rendition of the state anthem of Odisha “Vande Utkala Janani” by the lady members of Odias at Kolkata Welfare Association (OAK).
The celebration was delighted by the presence of honorable guests, Justice Ashok Pattnaik, Judicial member of central administrative tribunal; Mr. Ajit Bardhan, Principal Secretary(WB) & Divisional Commissioner, Presidency & Medinapore division; Mr. D.P. Tarenia, DG West Bengal Crime Record Bureau; Mr. N.R. Das, Retd. IPS Officer, Ex DG CISF; Mr. B.K. Mallick, Principal Commissioner- GST CELL WB; Ms. Sukanya Parida, !st Odia Women Cricketer to Play for the country.
This year OAK celebrated its “VandeUtkala Janani – 2K18” in two parts, i.e. the program on 8th April’18 at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute was conducted amongst the OAK family in Kolkata with a host of events and competitions. The OAK collective and invited guests got to see a host of exciting events like the “Talent Hunt Show by Kids” , Drawing Competition and some glittering performances of Songs and Odissi Dance recitals by the members and their children.. The entire program of the evening was designed, arranged and presented by the lady members of Odias at Kolkata Welfare Association. A full house gathering of around 400 people of the fraternity enjoyed the evening to the hilt.
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