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Commemorative stamp on Jayadev released

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Exhibition of photographs on Geet Govind marks the occasion

— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

SPECIAL OCCASION: Post Master General Yasodhara Menon (left) and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the release of the saint poet Jayadev and Geet Govind memorial postage stamps in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

BHUBANESWAR: With the Department of Posts releasing the commemorative stamps on Orissa’s 12th century saint-poet Jayadev and his Geet Govind in Orissa, the controversy over the poet’s birth place was laid to rest. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felt this while addressing the release ceremony at Jayadev Bhawan here on Monday.

The postal department released 11 stamps -- one on Jayadev and the rest on the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu (the dasavatara) as described in the Geet Govind. Each stamp worth Rs.5. The event, hosted in Orissa’s State capital, assumes much significance since West Bengal was claimed as the poet’s birth place for long. Researchers in Orissa have already proved that the poet was born here.

Sacred service

The department performed a sacred service to the nation by bringing out stamps on the life and works of one of India’s greatest poets who has major influence on Indian culture, opined Chief Post Master General of Orissa Circle Yasodhara Menon. Among others Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy, Development Commissioner Tarunkanti Mishra, parliamentarian Prasanna Kumar Patsani, Information and Public Relations Minister Prafulla Samal, legislator for Jayadev constituency Arabinda Dhali and I&PR Commissioner R.N.Dash were present on the occasion. An exhibition of photographs of the patta paintings and palm leaf engravings on Geet Govind belonging to 19th century was mounted at the venue by the Orissa State Museum while the State-owned Odissi Research Centre staged an Odissi dance recital on Geet Govind.

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