89th Utkal Divas In Singapore, A Celebration Of Odisha’s Rich Cultural Heritage

New Delhi: The 89th Utkal Divas celebrated in Singapore recently showcased the essence, excellence and fragrance of Odisha. The Odia Society of Singapore (OSS) with the support of the Indian High Commission hosted it.


The ceremony venue at Grassroots Club Auditorium was decorated in colours of Odisha. More than 300 Odias and Odisha lovers attended the mega event to project, promote and propagate Odisha’s rich art, vibrant culture, lofty tradition

The programme commenced with the recital of ‘Bande Utkal Janani’. The Guest of Honour, High Commission of India to Singapore H.E. Dr Shilpak Ambule inaugurated the programme by lighting the ceremonial lamp placed in front of the Idol of Lord Jagannath. Dr Ambule was felicitated with Odisha’s traditional Uttariya and flowers by the president of OSS Subrat Nayak and secretary, Hemanta Rout. Dr Ambule spoke about Odisha’s cultural heritage and lauded the  efforts of Singapore’s Odia Society in showcasing the golden facets of Odisha in this foreign land.

The cultural extravaganza included Odissi dance recital and the staging of a Ramayana play. Star singers from Odisha, Pradip Palai and Pragyan Hota held the audience spellbound. The celebration also included a colourful exhibition of Odisha’s famous handlooms and handicrafts materials.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of the Badminton Tournament, Chess competition, quiz programme and Youth Achiever Title. The fiesta concluded with the presentations of Odisha’s Pattachitra paintings and jute bags embroidered with Pipili’s applique works to all the participants.

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