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Odisha Cabinet decides to confer state song status to ''Bande Utkala Janani''

Odisha Cabinet decides to confer state song status to ''Bande Utkala Janani''
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Bhubaneswar, Jun 7 (PTI) The Odisha government on

Sunday decided to accord state song status to ''Bande Utkala

Janani'', a patriotic poem which is regarded as a symbol of

Odia pride.

The proposal to grant the state song tag to the poem

penned by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra was approved at a

Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha said.

"It is a historic day for the 4.5 crore people of

Odisha," he said.

Till now, it was considered as Odisha''s unofficial

state song.

All the verses of the song have been accorded the

privileged status, the minister said.

The song will now be played or sung at government

functions and Assembly sessions and the tune and manner in

which it will be sung will be decided and recorded by the

Information and Public Relations Department.

People must stand up in respect till the anthem ended.

The exempted persons will be old and sick people,

differently-abled persons and pregnant women. Children must

also stand up until it ends, Arukha said.

The School and Mass Education Department has been

advised to ensure that the song is included in the curriculum

in schools and colleges.

Hailing as "historic" the decision taken at the

meeting held through video conference, Arukha recalled that

the chief minister had recently appealed to Odia people across

the world to sing Bande Utkal Janani at 5.30 pm on May 30,

as a mark of honour to frontline COVID-19 warriors.

Noting that the song has been inspiring people of

Odisha for a long time, the minister said it was a long

standing demand of the people to accord state song status to

''Bande Utkala Janani''.

''Bande Utkala Janani'' which means "I bow to thee

Mother Utkala, is an ode to the land of Utkala, the ancient

name of modern-day Odisha, and its people.

The song inspired a whole generation of freedom

fighters to fight against the British and was used as a

powerful weapon by the Utkal Sammilani that spearheaded the

movement for creation of the then Orissa as a separate

province.

Since 1912, it used to be sung at various sessions of

the Utkal Sammilani, the organisation that had spearheaded the

agitation for a separate province on the basis of language,

Arukha said.

Ever since Orissa became a separate province in 1936,

the iconic song has been occupying a special place among the

people, the minister said.

Rendering of the song was made mandatory at the end

of every Assembly session since 1994. PTI SKN

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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