Happy Birthday to Odisha as people are celebrating its 81st ‘Utkala Dibasa'
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 01-Apr-2017

Bhuabaneswar, April 1:  “Utkala Diwas” is celebrated by people of Odisha today which represents the birthday of the state Orissa, now Odisha. This is celebrated to mark the formation of the then Orissa, now Odisha, state on a linguistic basis in 1936.Earlier, Odisha was named as ‘Utkal’ which was a part of the Kalinga dynasty. Several cultural programmes have been organised to commemorate the day across the state. Hailing the state for its rich culture and glorious history, PM Modi tweeted “The people of Odisha are hard working and have showcased their efficiency in various fields. I pray for the bright future and progress," he said.

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“Utkala Diwas” meaning Odisha Day is celebrated on 1 April in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province that took place on 1 April 1936. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Miister Naveen Patnaik, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan wished people of Odisha and extended warm greetings on occasion of 81st Utkala Dibasa. "Our focus is on making Odisha a leading state in the country," tweeted Chief Minnister Naveen Patnaik.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Odisha on Utkala Dibasa. “Utkala Dibasa greetings to the people of Odisha,” Modi tweeted.

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari also greeted the people saying that Odisha has a rich cultural heritage reflected in the diversity of its monuments, arts, sculptures, literature, dance and music."

"The state also has a wealth of natural resources. With its industrious people, I am sure that Odisha would continue on the path of economic and social progress," said Ansari.