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Taking Indo US relationship a step further
Maryland celebrated Rathyatra with Odisha Governor

"The efforts to popularise Odiya culture outside is definitely praiseworthy when the cultural values are gradually weakening in the home state. But for all-round development of the state and its people, Orissa needs active participation of the visionaries and experts living outside the state in the process of development. They should act as development initiators, investors and guides to take Odisha on the roads of progress."

HNF Bureau : August 3, 2008

As a step further to strengthen Indo-American relationship and popularize the unique jagannath cult of Orissa, National Council of Asian Indian Associations (NCAIA) and OSA have invited honourable Governor of Odisha Sri Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare to Maryland, USA. During his week long tour Honourable Governor of Orissa performed the Chhera Pahara at Lanham, Maryland on the occasion of Bahuda Yatra of Lord Sri Jagannath.

Under the able leadership of Shreekanta Nayak (President, NCAIA), a true Oriya by birth, language, culture, spirit and devotion for mother land Odisha, the event was a grand success in terms of taking the Indo-American relationship a step further and making the culture of Orissa visible in Maryland.

Orissa Governor in Maryland US

The programs included official meeting between governors & county executives, governor of state of Maryland, senators, congressmen, state legislative members, states attorney general, states attorney, educators, Democratic & Republican Party chairs, business-education-civic & community leaders. Governor Sri Bhandare met World Bank officials, human rights activists and leaders and foundation chairs. The mission of the visit and all the events was "Pragatee Odisha"; the mantra or driving force was economic empowerment of civil citizens of Odisha through education".

The governor's visit was planned to be extremely colorful with the best "Odissi performance exhibiting Odissi dance, by "Roodrakshya" Guru Bichitrananda Swain and group with live orchestra of 20 participants from Odisha in a mission to promote cultures of Odisha across the globe.

The Governor's community reception was hosted by Dr. Lipishree & Shreekanta Nayak at their private residence in Maryland and nearly 100 attendees included state democratic and Republican Chairs, States Attorney, State Legislators, County, State & Federal Official along with many corporate, civic, community, educational leaders. The Delegation had members from health care, education, biotech, IT, Tourism, industry, mining, culture, community service organizations, all Indian community leaders representing all Indian states were present.

Governors message to attendees, "BUILD STRONG SUSTAINABLE SOCITIES WITH HUMAN DIGNITY FOR ALL CITIZENS". The visit emphasized building sister state relationship between Odisha, India & Maryland, USA to promote joint economic, educational, cultural, industrial, tourism and health care ties for mutual growth and understandings.

While briefing the local American press, the Governor appealed to Indian-Americans, Americans, business & industrial houses to come and visit the state of Odisha and experience the bounties of nature and heavenly beauty stored in Orissa - the ancient land with a rich heritage of thousands of years.

The efforts to popularise Odiya culture outside is definitely praiseworthy when the cultural values are gradually weakening in the home state. But for all-round development of the state and its people, Orissa needs active participation of the visionaries and experts, living outside the state, in the process of development. They should act as development initiators, guides and also investors to take Odisha on the roads of economic, political and social progress.

 

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