POSCO pulls out of Odisha


Bhubaneswar / Paradip : The much talked about POSCO 12-million tonne steel plant project in Paradip which was said to be the highest ever FDI into India, has finally been scrapped and the company shall be leaving Odisha.

“Govt of Odisha  had acquired land and Posco was provided with the same. POSCO was asked to clear their pending dues of Rs 82 crore for the 2700 acre land given to them. Posco in return has asked the government of Odisha to take back the said land as they have scrapped the project”, said Minister Mishra

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved the decision to cancel the deal and now the said returned land shall be taken over by IDCO.


Anil Revri mesmerizes his audience

New Delhi: At the Bikaner House art event here, internationally acclaimed artist Anil Revri who divides his time between Delhi and Washington, DC mesmerized his audience. In an age grappling with the banality of computer assisted art, it was refreshing to encounter the richly nuanced art of an artist who was born in India, whose taproots are in this specific part of the world, and who draws inspiration from this remembered and often visited landscape.

Revri, the son of illustrious parents — eminent journalist Inder Malhotra and Rekha, a leading exponent of the classical dance forms of Bharat Natyam and Kuchipudi — divided his talk and presentation into two distinct groups.

The first half of the presentation focused on his life and work in India between 1976–1996 and comprised abstract works inspired by the Indian landscape, and pen-and-ink drawings illustrating a host of subjects including Freud’s interpretation of dreams and Tantric chakras. The second half highlighted his commercial graphic work, a series of eighteen drawings entitled Cultural Crossings, geometric abstractions and Wall for Peace, a sculpture he created for his exhibition at the American University Museum which was later displayed at Washington Dulles International Airport from 2012–2014.

Writer and social commentator Sunil Mehra, and art historian cum curator Annapurna Garimella, discussed the artist’s work from two different vectors. Mehra focused on the personal and firmly placed the artist within the context of the vibrant artistic and cultural environment of India during the 70s and 80s. Garimella quizzed the artist about his education, environment, choice of materials and subject matter, and how it feels to be an artist in America in the aftermath of 9/11.

At a time when hate crimes involving race, gender and ethnicity are on the rise, Revri’s Wall for Peace holds special relevance. This four-sided LED screen displays English translations of scriptures related to peace from six religions that scroll across the entire surface of the unit. Rays of light emanating from the unit projected onto the viewers as they walk around the work become a symbolic act of cleansing of religious and racial prejudices.

Who’s who such as Chairman SNSMT  Shri. Suparno Satpathy, DG of National Gallary of Modern Art (NGMA) Shri. Adwaita Gadanayak, Former Governor of Odisha Shri. MC Bhandare, Artist Shri. Manu Parekh and few others were seen in attendance. The event had witnessed a full house.

Dola Purnima…

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The six-day festival known as Dola Jatra begins from the Falguna Dasami day. The idol of village deities, especially of Lord Krishna, is carried to all the homes in the villages on a decorated Veemana (palanquin). The people carrying the idols and those following it are semared with Abira (dry colours).

The procession is led by village drummers, pipers and the ‘Sankirtana Mandalis’ (a group of singers and musicians). The procession halts in front of each household and the deity is offered ‘Bhog’. On the final day of the Jatra, the celebration culminates in a swing-festival for the deities. The idols carried in Veemanas from a number of villages assemble in an important place (Melana Padia) where swings are fixed on a platform. They are made to swing to the accompaniment of devotional music sung in chorus.

As per ancient texts, one who gets a glimpse of Krisnha swaying in the swing is expiated of all sins.

At the world famous 12th century shrine on the auspicious occasion of Dola Purnima, the four deities inside the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Jagannath temple in Puri are decked up in Suna Besa seated on the ratna simhasan.

The Raja Dhiraj Besa or suna besa is much loved by the devotees as divine siblings are decked in gold jewelry embellished with diamond and gems taken out from the temple treasury.

Lord Jagannatha is worshipped as Dola Govinda during Dola Purnima and Lord Govinda with Goddess Sridevi are placed on the dola bedi.

Celebrated on the full-moon day in the month of Falguna, sevayats and devotees apply colours to them.

With this festival, the spring is welcomed and enjoyed with gaiety and fervour. It is also referred as ‘Basantotsaba’ or the spring festival in mythology.

On the other hand, the Dola Jatra is also celebrated as a victory of good over evil. As per Hindu mythology, demon king Hiranyakashyap who won over earth commanded everyone to worship him. However, his son Prahallad – an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu – defied him.

This defiance infuriated Hiranyakashyap who hatched conspiracy to eliminate the kid with the help of his sister Holika. She planned to enter into fire with Prahallad in her laps as she had a boon which insulates her from the fire. However, she was unaware that it would work only for her.

While Holika along with Prahallad entered into the fire, she had to pay for his life for the sinister design. This signifies the victory of good over evil with Holika Dahan.

The festival thus derives it name from Holika and the festival of colours is celebrated a day after Dola Purnima.

Dharmendra Pradhan goofs up, Suparno Satpathy corrects him

Bhubaneswar : Minister of State PNG Dharmendra Pradhan had put out a tweet in remembrance of veteran Congress leader Late Madhavrao Scindia, the said tweet was about the death anniversary of Scindia. To the same, Chairman of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT) and eminent socio-political leader Suparno Satpathy had replied via a tweet @SuparnoSatpathy  ‘My friend @dpradhanbjp ,today is his 72nd birth anniversary and not his death anniversary’ Congress MP Jyotiradhitya Scindia  and  Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje both son & sister respectively of Late Madhavrao Scindia too had been tagged in Suparno Satpathy’s tweet.
Realising the goof up, Dharmendra, in a few minutes removed the death anniversary tweet and put out a new tweet mentioning Madhavrao Scindia ‘s birth anniversary.

Reciprocity marks ‘International Womens Day’

New Delhi ( 6 March `2017): Reciprocity the leading forum of Indian origin, where business owners along with professionals come together to leverage mutual business matrix, today paid an ode to ‘Women’ by marking the beginning of International Women’s Week 2017. The theme they followed for International Women’s Day 2017 was ‘Be Bold for Change’

On the occasion a panel discussion was held. The distinguished panelists were three highly acclaimed ladies of India – renowned educationist Padmashri Gowri Ishwaran , Founder Principal of Ramjas School RK Puram -New Delhi Meera Balachandran and Principal of Shiv Nadar School – Gurgaon  Monica Sagar

“ Women don’t have to fit into a man’s world. They are capable of making their own world, their own way” said Gowri Ishwaran

“ The first time ‘equality’ ever got spoken about was in year 1912 and in year 2017 we are still talking about it as it is an unfinished agenda” said Meera Balachandran

“ Educate the men at home to think equality in order to be fair and not have gender bais ingrained in them from early on” said Monica Sagar

“ If we want an unbiased gender society, we need to change our conditioning, not just men but women too” said Kanchan Satpathy

Reciprocity was founded in year 2016 by Kanchan Satpathy and Manish Puri, ever since many leading business owners and well known professionals have joined in.