BHUBANESWAR: Delhi-based leading organisation Intellect Odisha foundation along with Odisha Diary, Odi Kart and Odia Radio on Monday felicitated a group of students and academic members from California University, United States. The group has visited Odisha to participate academic research activity on various socio cultural aspects.
Speaking on the occasion the leader of the team and professor at California University, Prof Annapurna Pandey said the students were overwhelmed with the love they got from people of Odisha during their field visit.
Prof Pandey, a leading Odia voice in the US and the former president of the Odisha Society of America (OSA), while sharing her experience at the library hall of the Sri Jagannath Temple in New Delhi said, “This is a unique opportunity to show Odia culture and heritage to the outside world.”
Team members from the Intellect Odisha foundation had discussed the basics of Odia language among the US students. They also translated some commonly used Odia phrases for the students and taught them Odia alphabets.
Speaking about their experience in Odisha, one of the students Jordan Mulvihill said, “Odisha is Incredible. We love the culture, the Sun Temple, the Odishi Dance and the people of the State. I will share this experience among my friends back home and will definitely visit again.”
The Intellect chairman Debendra Rout along with members from Odisha Diary, Odi Kart, Odia Radio and Jagannath Temple felicitated the team of students, Justine Dougherty, Vanessa Rocha, Jordan Mulvihili, Olivia Arstein-Kerslake, Navreet Kaur, Emma Lee and Rosemary Applen. A large number of Odia intellectuals from premier institution like IIT, JNU, DU and senior bureaucrats and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.