Celebrated In: India
GANDHINAGAR: Odiyas in Gujarat celebrated here on Tuesday night the 79th foundation day of Odisha. The celebration of 'Utkal Divas' that falls on April 1 was organized by the Gandhinagar Odiya Samaj (GOS).
This year, the celebration was more important as the government of India recently notified Odiya as one of the six classical languages of the country. Until now, it was regarded as a modern language.
On the occasion, a variety of cultural events on the theme of 'Youth Power for Future' were presented by a troupe from Puri and local students. The government of Odisha had deputed the 'Nava Prativa Sangeet Shikshya Kendra' from Puri, the members of which presented Odishi dance and folk dances of Odisha.