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‘Odia Paika’ brings alive inspirational stories of freedom struggle

In continuation of the bicentenary celebration of the historic Paika Bidroha of 1817, India’s first uprising against the British, Odia Samaj, a leading non-profit, socio-cultural organization in Delhi in association with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. organised a mesmerizing dance drama titled “Odia Paika” in Gurugram.

The dance drama was performed by students of Nrutya Naivedya, Bhubaneswar, Odisha led by Guru Shri Pravat Kumar Swain. The drama unfolded the story of Martyrs like Jayee Rajguru who initiated the revolt against the British as early as 1803 and also narrated the role of great freedom fighters of Paika Rebellion of 1817 such as Buxi Jagabandhu, Madhav Chandra Routray, Pindiki Bahubalendra and Krutibasa Patsani besides many eminent Paika heroes of Khurda Gada who sacrificed their lives in their fight against the British forces in Odisha.

The “Odia Paika” dance drama in Gurugram was third of its kind, the earlier two having been organised in Lucknow and Delhi.

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