A Distinguished Invited Lecture on Kabi Gopabandhu was organized by the Gopabandhu Das Research Chair in collaboration with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed to be University, on the 9th of January, 2024. The event aimed to commemorate the life and contributions of the revered poet Gopabandhu Das, a prominent figure in Odisha’s cultural and literary history. Utkal Mani Gopabandhu Das was the epitome of humanist consciousness. He has set an example by devoting himself to the country, language and literature. Renunciation was the philosophy of his life. Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das was an ardent patriot. He joined the freedom movement and went to jail. Although he sacrificed his life for the country, he had a deep love for literature and culture as well.
The event commenced with a soulful rendition of a prayer by the students of KISS-DU, invoking the spirit of Kabi Gopabandhu and setting a contemplative tone for the evening. Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, extended a warm welcome to the audience, emphasizing the significance of the occasion and the enduring legacy of Kabi Gopabandhu. He highlighted the pivotal role that Gopabandhu played in the socio-cultural milieu of Odisha, leaving an indelible mark on the state’s literary landscape. Professor Bijayananda Singh, Chair Professor of the Gopabandhu Das Research Chair, introduced the distinguished speaker of the day, Professor Adikanda Sahoo. Professor Singh provided insights into the vast contributions of Kabi Gopabandhu and set the stage for an engaging discourse on his life and works.
Professor Adikanda Sahoo, an eminent writer and the invited speaker for the day, shed light on the multifaceted persona of Kabi Gopabandhu. Professor Sahoo delved into the poet’s literary achievements, social reform endeavours, and his role as a visionary leader. The audience was treated to a profound exploration of Gopabandhu’s enduring relevance in contemporary times.
Professor Bijoy Kumar Satapathy, Professor Emeritus at KISS-DU, shared insightful remarks, offering a scholarly perspective on Kabi Gopabandhu’s impact on literature and society. His reflections added depth to the understanding of Gopabandhu’s far-reaching influence. Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, Professor Emeriti and Chair Professors were also present, among others. was present in between the said session.
Dr. Rasmita Tripathy, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, expressed gratitude to all participants, speakers, and attendees. She acknowledged the collaborative efforts that made the event a success and reiterated the importance of preserving and promoting the cultural heritage embodied by Kabi Gopabandhu. The entire session was seamlessly coordinated by Dr. Tripathy.