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Light-and-sound tribute to Netaji

- Naveen inaugurates facility in Cuttack
Painters come together to create artworks dedicated to Netaji on his birth anniversary in Cuttack. Pictures by Badrika Nath Das

Cuttack, Jan. 23: The inauguration of a much-awaited light-and-sound show marked the 116th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose here today. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the show and a special spiritual gallery at Janakinath Bhavan, which has been converted into the Netaji Birth Place Museum at Odia Bazar.

“I am delighted that a light and sound show and spiritual gallery dedicated to Netaji have been inaugurated at Netaji museum here,” said Naveen. Visitors appreciated the 25-minute show that was screened at the open-air gallery.

“We enjoyed the show in Odia, but the museum officials should also take steps to dub the show in other regional languages, as a lot of people from other parts of the country visit this museum,” said visitor Sradhan Swain.

Later, Naveen also took part in the painting camp organised by Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi to mark the freedom fighter’s birth anniversary.

Ten reputed artists selected from across the state took part in the camp in which a 30-ft by 6-ft painting depicting various phases of Netaji’s life — his childhood, student life and struggle for freedom — was created.

Netaji’s birth anniversary was also marked by a number of blood donation camps, motorcycle rallies and public meetings and rallies by students of various schools.

“This is the first time that I have taken part in a rally and am very proud to be in the same school where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose studied when he was a kid,” said Zaid Ahmed, a Class VII student of Stewart School.

Over 3,000 visitors thronged the museum to witness a special puja.