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Barapali village gearing up for 149th birth anniversary of Gangadhar Meher

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Meher memorial flame called Meher Jyoti will be taken out in a procession


The procession will be flagged off by Manindra Meher, the great grandson of the poet

Gangadhar Samman to be conferred on Madhusudan Pati


BHUBANESWAR: Barapali, the birthplace of legendary Odia poet Gangadhar Meher in Bargarh district, is gearing up for the 149 {+t} {+h} birth anniversary of the writer on August 24.

According to Gangadhar Meher memorial committee convener Lakshman Kumar Meher, a Meher memorial flame called Meher Jyoti would be taken out in a procession from the legend's ancestral home in Barapalli to Balangir town where the committee would host a special celebration. The procession would be flagged off by Manindra Meher, the great grandson of the great poet, and it would pass through several small towns and villages en route, the convener stated. A number of litterateurs and cultural activists of the region shall join the procession, he added.

At the celebration at Balangir, Professor Madhusudan Pati would be conferred Gangadhar Samman for the year for his English translation of Gangadhar's path breaking poetry and making it accessible to the international readers. Commissioner of Culture S.K.Sarangi, former Sambalpur University vice chairperson Dhrubaraj Naik, District Collector S.N.Dey and two scholars on Meher's works – Professor Narayan Pruseth and Harekrushna Meher – shall address the occasion, it was learnt.

The committee has appealed to the government and the people of Orissa to have a state-wide celebration of Gangadhar Meher's birthday as a mark of respect to his pioneering contribution to Oriya language and literature.

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