Odisha celebrates Utkala Dibasa

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Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Odia communities across the country and abroad on Saturday celebrated Utkala Dibasa to mark the formation of the then Orissa, now Odisha, state on a linguistic basis in 1936.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished people of Odisha on the occasion of Utkala Dibasa.

Hailing the state for its rich culture and glorious history, Modi tweeted: “The people of Odisha are hardworking and have showcased their efficiency in various fields. I pray for the bright future and progress…,” he said.

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari also greeted the people and said :”Odisha has a rich cultural heritage reflected in the diversity of its monuments, arts, sculptures, literature, dance and music.”

“The state also has a wealth of natural resources. With its industrious people, I am sure that Odisha would continue on the path of economic and social progress,” said Ansari.

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also wished the people of the state on the auspicious day.

“Our focus is on making Odisha a leading state in the country,” tweeted Patnaik.

The foundation day of Odisha is celebrated across the state on April 1 every year after it was carved out of the combined Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province in 1936.

In ancient times, Odisha was named as Utkal which was a part of the Kalinga dynasty.

Several cultural programmes have been organised to commemorate the day across the state.



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