JP Motion Pictures has released the official trailer for the eagerly awaited Odia film of 2022 featuring prominent Ollywood actor Babushaan on social media networks. The film will be released in Odisha during the Raja festival.
Bishal Morya and Devi Prasad Leka, the film’s filmmakers, had previously said that the official trailer will be released on Republic Day. The trailer has sparked a lot of interest among moviegoers since its debut.
The trailer seems intriguing, and it might usher in a wave of an entirely new genre never before seen in Hollywood.
The narrative is based on true events and follows a doctor who goes about his responsibilities boldly and without regard for the repercussions. His fight to raise awareness about the reality that malaria cannot be healed by superstitions, but only with correct awareness among the people in Odisha’s rural areas, where there isn’t even a telephone tower or proper connectivity.
As we all know, Odisha is one of the leading contributors of Malaria, and no effective measures have ever been made to address the problem. This is the narrative of a doctor’s extraordinary and heroic effort to rescue the inhabitants of Malkangiri, a cut-off area and Maoist stronghold, from Malaria.
“The film is likely to be well received by fans who feel that Odia films lack freshness and creativity,” said Daman producer Dipendra Samal.
Mihir Das, a veteran actor from Ollywood, died today while seeking treatment at a private hospital.
The actor had been on dialysis for a few years because of kidney problems. After his health deteriorated on December 9 last year, he was admitted to the Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack.
He was reportedly on ventilator support in the hospital, according to sources.
He has won numerous honours, including Best Actor for his films Laxmi Pratima in 1998 and Pheria Mo Suna Bhauni in 2005, as well as Best Supporting Actor for his films Rakhi Bandhili Mo Rakhiba Mana in 2002 and Prema Adhei Akhyara in 2003.
Berhampur: The sound of Lakshmi Purana is heard everywhere. Fruits are offered in form of Bhog. The woman set the Mana in front of her husband’s house. His wife, who has been protesting for four days in front of her father-in-law’s house, protested today in such an innovative way.
The incident took place in the second lane area of Brahmanagar in Berhampur.
For 4 days, Tapaswini aka Dimple is sitting in front of her husband Sumit’s house demanding justice. As it is the first Thursday of Margasira month, Dimple worshiped Lakshmi in front of her father-in-law’s house. Sahi residents, on the other hand, rallied in support of the woman last night.
Sumit and his father have since admitted that Sumit had married Tapaswini. Sumit also said he had applied to the court for a divorce. Sumit’s mother and grandmother, on the other hand, are now living in a closed house. They are unable to get out because of poor health. Sumit is now at the door of the Berhampur SP with his lawyer over the incident & has sought for help.
Mānabasā Gurubāra is a festival celebrated by Odia Hindus in the Indian state of Odisha. It is also celebrated by Odias living in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, South Jharkhand and South West Bengal. In this festival Goddess Mahalaxmi is the presiding deity. It is believed by the people that the goddess herself comes to every household and removes pain and sorrow. It is held on every Thursday in the month of Margasira.
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi loves a clean house so all women make their houses clean then decorate the house with jhoti chita. It is believed that the most beautiful house of the village will be visited by Goddess Lakshmi and can get money and prosperity
Wife Seeks Justice
The Sahid Nagar Police on Wednesday arrested a woman hailing from West Bengal for allegedly befriending a youth and looting around Rs 10 lakh cash and other valuables from his house.
The accused woman, whose real name is Pihu Biswas, hails from Kolkata. She was arrested from Baliapanda in Puri where she resided.
The accused lured the victim by introducing herself as a staff of a reputed college. Later, she visited the youth’s house on August 15 and looted Rs 10 lakh cash, ornaments and other valuables after sedating him.
Giving details of the case, Sanjeev Satpathy, ACP (Zone 5), Bhubaneswar said, “The woman befriended the youth over WhatsApp by introducing herself as an employee of a reputed college. She also claimed to be an insurance agent and visited the youth’s house.”
“She spent the night at the youth’s house and served him prasad laced with sedatives. When the youth fell unconscious under the effect of the sedatives, the accused woman ran away with Rs 10 lakh in cash, jewellery, cell phones, ATM cards and other valuables,” Satpathy said.
The senior policeman added that following Biswas’s arrest, gold ornaments worth Rs 5 lakh and some cash were seized from her possession.
Sources meanwhile said that the woman was earlier arrested in Kolkata for similar frauds.
The police are investigating if more people were entrapped by the woman in the past. The police also appealed to people to come forward if anyone has been cheated by the accused woman.
It is worth mentioning here that recently a woman identified as Angel Priya was arrested by Sahid Nagar police for duping people by creating fake profiles on Facebook and identifying herself as a doctor, beautician and nurse.
Explore the Ethnography of Odisha
The very name of Odisha has been derived from the word “Ordes”, a predominant tribe of the place. Housing the largest variety of tribal population, with 62 recognised tribal communities. Koraput is blessed with a bulk of the rich heritage and ethnic diversity in Odisha. One such tribe of Odisha is the Gadaba tribe, inhabiting Koraput, with the highest population density. Occupying a plateau of 3000ft, they live mostly in the southernmost part. Numerous theories of their origin surface after thorough research. Few theses trace their roots to Ramayana, few others to Godavari valley and Vindhya hills. The word “Gadaba” refers to a person who carries loads on his shoulders, thus speaking for the professions like agriculturist, coolie, or palanquin bearer, that they are invested in.
The tribe is divided into two types, the “Bada Gadabas” and the “Sana Gadabas”. The Bada Gadabas use “Gutab” , which is the dialect specific to their tribe belonging to the Munda language family. Whereas Sana Gadabas use the Olaro tongue of the Dravidian language family. The Gadabas have a characteristic dressing style, ornament collection and designs of hair. They tie their hair with linseed oil and adorn it with flowers. The men wear “Lenguti”, a small piece of cloth around the bottom with a flap hanging in front. The women wear “Kerang”, a long cloth wrapped around the waist, along with a wrap-around blouse. Their ornaments are made of brass and aluminium.
Their appetite for Gadabas rounds to thrice a day, though they do not take breakfast. “Pej”, gruel made up of ragi flour, locally called “Mandia”, is their staple food. Their dinner plate is often occupied by some or the other chutney. During festivals they prefer non-veg like fish, chicken and mutton. In their culture drinking liquor is believed to be sacred, so they consume alcohol on a regular basis.
Amidst the struggles of life and lingering poverty, the Gadabas make efforts to keep their culture alive through dance and music. Dhemsa dance is performed by women of the tribe, while the men play musical instruments like huge drums, Tal Mudibaja, Madal, flute, Tamak and Mahuri. Their performances generally depict their emotions and passion. Gutor Parab, Bandapana Parab, Dasahara Parab, Pusha Parab, and Chaita Parab are few major festivals that they celebrate with great pomp and show. The whole community starts the preparations of every occasion before 15 days, to fit everyone’s schedule and make the necessary arrangements. They believe in a peculiar superstition of “Palata Bagha”. According to them, this phenomenon can occur due to the wizardry of evil people, who have the ability to take the form of a tiger and prey on human beings. To get rid of this phenomenon they perform rituals and animal sacrifices. They also believe in divinity, and call their chief deity, “Thakurani”, whose idol is structured with slabs of stone as it resides in the Hundi.
One customary rule of Gadabas which the society can learn from is their egalitarian family structure, where the women have equal social status as that of men and also participate in every decision-making process. They worship a deity called “Sadar”, dedicated to mother earth, which is made up of stone and is enshrined under banyan trees. They prefer living in the moment and sharing with one another. With the advancement in technology and the interference to bring them to mainstream, changes in their dressing pattern, lingua franca, lifestyle, food preferences etc. are evident. Hardly women can be found wearing Kerang Sarees these days. “Gotar”, a major Gadaba festival has come to a halt for various speculated reasons. Though modernization is paving the path towards development, the goals should be kept sustainable, so that the cultural diversity of the tribes is not compromised in the process. Modern facilities, advanced lifestyle and traditional ethics should go hand in hand to conserve our rich heritage.
Gadaba Tribe of Koraput
The city which has been changed drastically over the last 5 years in terms of administration, IT, education and tourism sector, Bhubaneswar was ranked as the best place to do business in India by the World Bank in 2014. Bhubaneswar has emerged as one of the fastest-growing, important trading and commercial hub in eastern India. Even now the city is being compared with other foreign metropolitan cities. So let me take you through back in time how it all started.
Today’s smart city Bhubaneswar got it’s name from “Tribhubaneswara” or “Bhubaneswara” (literally “Lord of the Earth”), the name of Shiva, the god of the Lingaraja temple. Bhubaneswar was built as a modern city by German architect Otto Königsberger with wide streets, gardens, and parks. Although part of the city followed this plan, it grew rapidly in the next few decades, overcoming the planning process.
Bhubaneswar is located near the ruins of Sisupalgarh, the ancient capital of the former province of Kalinga. Dhauli, near Bhubaneswar, was the site of the Kalinga War 262-261 BCE, when Mauryan Emperor Ashoka invaded and occupied Kalinga. One of the most comprehensive instructions of the Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka, from between 272 and 236 BCE, remains engraved on a rock, 8 Kilometres southwest of the present city. The Legislative Assembly of Odisha was moved from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar in 1949.
After the decline of the Mauryan Empire, the area came under the control of the Mahameghavahana dynasty, whose dynasty best known for the Kharavela. His Hathigumpha inscription is found in the caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri near Bhubaneswar. The area was then ruled by several kings, including the Satavahanas, Guptas, Matharas, and Shailodbhavas.
By the seventh century, the Somavamshi or Keshari empires established their empire in the area, and they built many temples. After the Kesharis, the Eastern Gangas ruled the Kalinga area until the 14th century CE. Their capital, Kalinganagara, was in modern-day Bhubaneswar City.
After them, Mukunda Deva of the Bhoi dynasty – the last Hindu ruler of the area as far as Maratha – built many religious buildings in the area. Most of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar were built between the 8th and 12th centuries, under the influence of Shaiva. The Ananta Vasudeva Temple is the only ancient Vishnu temple in the city. In 1568, the Afrikaner kingdom, originally from Afghanistan, gained a foothold. During their reign, most of the temples and buildings were either destroyed or disfigured.
In the 16th century, the area came under the control of the Mughal. The Maratha, a successor of the Mughals in the mid-18th century, encouraged the movement to the region. In 1803, the area came under British colonial rule, and was part of the Bengal Presidency (until 1912), in the province of Bihar and Orissa (1912-1936) and in Orissa Province (1936-1947). The capital of the British province of Orissa Province was Cuttack, which was in danger of flooding and suffering from space. As a result, on September 30, 1946, a motion was passed to move the new capital to the Odisha Provincial Legislature. After India’s independence, the foundation of the new capital was laid by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 13, 1948.
Here, “there is a lot in a name”, a name enunciates history and with it unfolds interesting stories. Let us discover ten such nicknames and find out the meaning between the lines.
1. Sorrow of Odisha – Mahanadi
The gigantic wave and flow of Mahanadi was the cause of many devastating floods. After the construction of the Hirakud Dam, its notoriety came under control. Yet the damage it causes after heavy downpours is still humongous, and the recent flash flood last year that affected 4 lakh people, is the testimony to the fact.
2. The Silver City – Cuttack
As the city shimmers with a silvery aura, thousands of people crowd in Cuttack during Durga Puja to see the exclusive decoration of Chandi. Built by King Ananga Bhimadev III, some 1000 years ago, it is renowned for its fine Chandi Tarakasi, the art of silver-filigree works, and hence the name “Silver City ”.
3. Sports Capital of India – Bhubaneswar
In the era where cricket was an emotion and the national sport, hockey a long-forgotten dream, Bhubaneswar stood tall and firm, preparing for training the best hockey players, who the world knows today. Starting from World Hockey Championships to State Level Tribal Sports Meet, cradling the budding talents from nook and corner, in the world’s best hockey stadium, Bhubaneswar slowly transformed into the Sports Capital of India.
4. Silk City of Odisha – Berhampur
Unwoven from cocoon and spinned by weavers, the Berhampuri patta saree stands out with its extraordinary zari embroidered edges. Along with the saree comes the “Joda” for men, designed in the hands of skilled workers. Thus, being called “The Silk City of Odisha”.
5. City of Waterfalls – Deogarh
This “Haven of Gods” is a home to many waterfalls like Koradkot Fall, Deojharan Fall, Pradhanpat Fall, to name a few. It is festooned with scenic beauties with waterfalls as the main attraction. Therefore, it is known as the “City of Waterfalls”.
6. Spiritual Capital of Odisha – Puri
According to Hindu belief, the four sites of pilgrimage are the abode of the Gods, and a visit to the Chaar Dham will wash away all sins. One of them is Puri, the residence of an avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lord Jagannath along with his wife Goddess Laxmi, his siblings; Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. Divinity can be felt in the air, once one enters the vicinity of Puri. The smell of abadha, the tinkling of bells and troops of Puri Pandas, build up ethereal vibes in the city. All these factors clubbed together, make Puri the Spiritual Capital of Odisha.
7. Steel City of Odisha – Rourkela
Rourkela, having an abundance of iron ore, is the home ground of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), the first integrated steel plant in the public sector in India. It has a Big Core Sector in the case of Steel, heavy blast furnace, etc., which laid the foundation stone of industries like Larsen & Toubro Fabrication Plant in Kansbahal and more. Consequently, getting the nickname, “The Steel City of Odisha”.
8. Diamond City – Sambalpur
Be it the mentions of ancient Roman scholar, Cladius Ptolemy’s “Sambalaka” or the British historian, Edward Gibbon’s “Sumelpur” in their books, all the centuries old references point to Sambalpur. The gravel bed of Hirakud, in Sambalpur, contained the precious diamonds. A great diamond trade followed the resource treasured in this district, which is therefore called the Diamond City.
9. Bhata Handi of Odisha – Bargarh
Rice, the staple food of Odisha, is abundantly produced in Bargarh. Owing to the geographical location of this city, it gets a lot of water. Thus, making it suitable to grow Paddy, which is the crop that requires a great amount of water. “Bhata Handi” , translating to “Rice Bowl”, gets its name due to the large production of rice in the farmlands of Bargarh.
10. Kashmir of Odisha – Daringbadi
Snow-capped mountains and chilled atmosphere, sometimes dropping below 0 degrees Celsius, Daringbadi, is indeed a replica of Kashmir in Odisha. Situated at an altitude of 915 metres, this city captivates tourists worldwide for its picturesque scenery.
Famous Ollywood Actor Bobby Mishra Summoned By Police For Allegedly Threatening Neighbor, Released With 41 CrPC Notice
Bobby Mishra, a famous Ollywood actor, was summoned by Nayapalli Police on Saturday for questioning in connection with allegations of misbehavior and quarrel leveled by his neighbor, Tapi Mishra, and has been released with a notice under Section 41 of the CrPC under the condition of appearing before the police when summoned.
According to sources, Bobby’s neighbor Tapi, who is also an actor, filed a complaint with the Nayapalli Police Station, alleging that Bobby misbehaved and threatened him over a parking issue. Furthermore, Tapi stated that Bobby sent threats on Friday evening in the guise of mobster Raja Acharya.
The complainant further claimed that Bobby threatened his wife and yelled nasty remarks at him while he was at the police station filing a report.
According to the FIR, Nayapalli police contacted both actors and questioned them about the event on Saturday.
However, in response to the claims, Bobby stated that his brother had placed his car in Tapi’s parking spot because the latter had pulled up to the position designated for the former. This incident sparked a feud between them.
Meanwhile, Tapi said that the older actor is usually a bother and that he physically attacked him and screamed harsh comments at him yesterday as a result of the parking problem.
With determination running through his veins where he sits in his workshop in Lingipur, Smitesh Mohapatra is chasing a forgotten dream. He has taken it upon himself to complete a mission that his grandfather, eminent sculptor and Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra, had embarked upon before Covid snuffed his life out in May this year —to build a replica of the Sun Temple in Konark. He named it the Aditya Narayan (another name of the sun) Temple.
He is accompanied by 68-year-old Antaryami Mangaraj who is carving out a giant wheel at a brisk pace. His mission is to make up for the lost time during the lockdown and complete his guruji’s mission.
Mohapatra, who passed away at the age of 78, had conceived the idea in 2013, after witnessing the sorry state of the 13th-century temple over the centuries. Since then, till he succumbed to the virus, he acquired 100-acre land near Puri, laid the foundation stone and set up the Raghunath Mohapatra Arts and Crafts Foundation that oversees sculpting work and the Aditya Narayan Trust to carry out construction and other necessary work.
The replica will be built 30 km from the original Sun Temple in Konark, between Sakhigopal and Puri, a site chosen by Mohapatra, a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee whose creations include the six-feet-tall graystone statue of the sun god at Central Hall of Parliament and Rajiv Lochan, lotus sculpted on black granite at Rajiv Gandhi Samadhi, Vir Bhumi, in Delhi.
“The Konark Sun Temple is an architectural marvel but unfortunately, more than 70% of it has been damaged. My grandfather visualised the majestic structure and attempted to recreate it. I will try to complete it,” said Smitesh, a 23-year-old management graduate and a sculptor.
While work on the project slowed down considerably after the pandemic broke, sculptors have already created two wheels and a sidewall. The replica is being built with sandstone and black granite, stones used in the original Sun Temple.
Even if the pandemic has dimmed out the dream a bit, the dream is still strong waiting to see the light of the day.
Courtesy: The Times of India