200 Years of 'Paika Rebellion' elaborate programmes mooted by Culture Department

Two hundred years of 'Paika Rebellion' will be observed with a series of programmes on behalf of the State Culture Department, said Sri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, Tourism & Culture here. Sri Panda said that the observance will include seminar, publication, exhibition, opening of a new gallery and memorial pillar etc. It has been decided to have many colourful programmes on the occasion of two hundred years of 'Paika Rebellion' first of its kind in the history of freedom movement of India.
Leaflets, pamphlets and brochures on Paika Rebellion have already been published by Odisha State Archives, which will also bring out books on the rebellion on Hindi, Odia and English. Odisha Sahitya Akademi will organise a seminar in New Delhi while it will invite poets to recite in a poets meet. Martial Art like Paika Akhada, Chhow, Ranapa etc will be organised by Odisha Sangeeta Natak Akademi followed by a drama on the life of great Paika leader Baxi Jagabandhu. Odisha Lalita Kala Akademi will organise a thematic painting exhibition and another exhibition of arms and armouries of Paika or warrior community of state. A special gallery will be set up in Odisha State Museum in this regard, said Sri Manoranjan Panigrahy, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Culture.
Theme of Paika Rebellion will be included in Governor's Trophy competitions and a memorial pillar named 'Paika Amar Jyoti Stambha' will be erected by the Department of Tourism.
Paika Rebellion also called the Paik Rebellion was an armed rebellion against the British East India Company's rule in Odisha in 1817. The Paiks rose in rebellion under their leader Bakshi Jagabandhu and, projecting Lord Jagannath as the symbol of Oriya unity, the rebellion quickly spread across most of Odisha before being ruthlessly put down by the company's forces.


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