Central University of Orissa organised a special programme and a workshop to celebrate the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ at its Sunabeda campus on Tuesday, in order to bring together people of diverse cultures living in different states for promoting greater mutual understanding. As per the guidelines of the MHRD, the Maharashtra is the paired state with Odisha.

The weeklong work shop on Marathi Theatre commenced today. Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, V-C, inaugurated the programme. Sandeep Sapkale, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Viswavidyalay, Wardha delivered the keynote address on ‘Natak Evam Theatre par Marathi Sanskriti Ka Prabhav’.

Prof. Sandhya Rayate, University of Mumbai, the resource person also spoke. Prof. Mohanty said, “Odisha and Maharashtra have historical ties. Theatre is very important, as it helps to reflect the culture, traditions and reality of the society”. He also said, “Language is the primary instrument of culture, there would be no culture without language.

He stated that students of the Central University of Odisha must have national and international aspiration”. He advised the students to actively participate in the workshop and learn various things about the beautiful culture of Maharashtra. Prof. Rayate in her address talked about the vibrant Marathi culture, Mumbai theatre.

She said, “Theatre seeks only talent not religion, cast and place of a person”. Sapkale highlighted the history of Maharashtra and impact of Marathi culture on Natak and theatre.