March 31, 2021
The Odisha Society of the Americas celebrated Padma Shri Kabi Haladhar Nag’s 71st Birthday on March 30, 2021 (March 31, 2021 India). Along side Kabi Haladhar Nag, many celebrated personalities of Odisha were present to commemorate the poet’s creative writing. Dr. Arabinda Padhee, Senior IAS, ex-culture secretary, Govt. of Odisha in his speech spoke about the poet’s humble background and how Shri Haladhar Nag continued to shine with his unique literary skills despite many adversities. Shri Utpanna Kumar Bhoi, Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Panigrahy and Shri Ashok Kumar Pujahari were among other invited guest speakers who spoke about the unique writing skills and the commitment to literature despite many adversities faced in personal life. Shri Balakrishna Dixit of Washington D.C. highlighted about philanthropic aspect of the poet’s life by speaking about the boarding school he has founded for underprivileged and orphan kids in Western Odisha.
Kabi amused the audience with recitation of few of his own writing. Many members of the Odisha Society of the Americas celebrated the event by performing various popular songs from Western Odisha.
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