Odia Christian magazine celebrates 120th anniv
Efforts to set up an archive for conservation of ancient and contemporary Odia Christian literature was stressed at the 120th anniversary of Odia Christian periodical ‘Pravati Tara’ here on Saturday.
The magazine was launched in 1896 by a British missionary, Dr Wilkinson, and despite difficulties and hurdles it has been continuing in circulation even today. A special souvenir was brought out to mark the occasion at the Stewart School.
Prof Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, who attended the special function as chief guest, said all efforts should be made to provide special focus on children and youths and separate sections created for them in Christian literature.
Rt Rev Surendra Kumar Nanda, Bishop of the Diocese of Cuttack, Church of North India, presided over the function, which was also addressed by guest of honour Prof Hirak Kumar Pramanik, chief editor of the special souvenir, Samuel Patro, former general secretary of Bible Society of India, Dr Bidyut Kumar Pramanik, secretary of Utkal Christian Literature Board, Rev Sukanta Das and editor of ‘Pravati Tara’ Sudipta Rout. Sovan Panda offered prayer on the occasion while Manasi Mohanty conducted the proceedings.
Prof Behera called upon youths to wield the pen for betterment of the society while regretting that the young people today are not very keen to read books and periodicals. He suggested that the magazine has an English section for youths.
Patro, who traced the history of ‘Pravati Tara’, stressed on establishment of an archive for conservation of Christian literature, both ancient and present, while describing the Bible as the biggest source of literature.
Writers who have been contributing articles, poems and stories to the ‘Pravati Tara’ were felicitated on the occasion.
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