Right in front of my eyes, Kadamibini magazine just completed twenty years in July last year. It is well known that Kadambini is the first-ever family feature magazine in Odia. People have accepted Kadambini as a family magazine with love and affection. Odias in India and across the globe eagerly wait for the monthly issue. Kadambini along with ‘Kunikatha’ has made tremendous contributions to highlight and adorn the rich Odia literature. These two magazines reflect our zeal to present things the way they are with a touch of finesse backed by real research, not superficial treatment.
During the last 20 years Kadambini has become much more than a magazine – It has transformed into a thought process. It has become a food for thought. Kadambini gives scope to the budding as well as established Odia writers to publish and promote their literary activities and work. Several conferences, meets and fests are organised throughout the year to serve a sumptuous feast of literary ideas to the Odia writers, novelists, columnists and poets under the aegis of Kadambini. Besides literary events throughout the year, Kadambini organises two hallmark events in a calendar year – The “Mega Literary Meet-cum-Annual Day” on 2nd July, its foundation day, and the Kadambini Literary Festival-cum- “Patrika Haat”, on the first Sunday of January every year attended by more than 5000 writers, poets, authors and literature enthusiasts in the state and across the globe, graced by eminent persons of National and International repute. Kadambini also recognises literary talents by awarding them. The most popular award is Neelima Devi Literary Award, which has prize money of Rs. 5 lakh. From a humble beginning, Kadambini has now become the most popular household name due to the tireless efforts of my younger sister, Iti Samanta.
When anyone takes up a new initiative, one is always uncertain about the future and the fate of the initiative. One is always in two minds as there is not much clarity. There is a bubble of self doubt and peer critics that makes one take two steps back to move a step ahead. This is more so for the ones who don’t have a backup or a stand by to fall back to. I vividly remember one such instance and decision taken after a discussion that led to the culmination of a humble initiative in literature and culture. As all of you know, that we come from a very humble background, Iti has always been dependent on me as her elder brother. We have been partners in all sorrows, small achievements and moments of uplift. When Iti got married in 1996, she felt she was losing her identity and dreams. Few years into the marriage, she felt the desperate need to be financially independent to assert her dignity and esteem.
When she felt that she could not survive after bottling her emotions and turmoil for long, she turned up to me and asked, “ Bhai, you give a job to thousands in KIIT & KISS, why don’t you give one to your own sister”. She added, “I am in need, Bhai. I am like a log of wood now. Only engagement and proving my own worth can keep me going. I want to earn my living” I explained to her how I have sworn on the principle that I will never get any one from the family work at KIIT & KISS – not even my own brothers and sisters and their children, more specifically my brothers children. And I am a man of my words. I can not change this ethics which runs in the blood of the institution.
That was the time when I was reminded that Iti loved writing. She used to maintain a journal, write articles some of them also got published in the newspapers. I gave her the idea to start an Odia magazine. This is 2000, when KIIT & KISS did not have the stature that it enjoys today but I had a firm conviction that she will be able to achieve what she wants with her grit and determination. She expressed doubts that she will not be able to handle such a huge assignment. She also thought of giving up at the very idea of it. I convinced her and told her without much thought, that if the magazine initials begin with “K” and is a four lettered word in Odia, it will be very successful. It came true when the registration was done and Kadambini took baby steps to achieve the position of being the most popular Odia feature magazine. This is the unknown anecdote from the making of Kadambini. What is known is that Kadambini has become a household name because of the 24×7 involvement, leadership and zeal of Iti.
I always believe everything is destined. Nothing happens before the destined time. Had Iti joined as an employee that day, she would have remained as a part of an organisation. But now, she is leading an Odia magazine successfully for 20 years and I am glad that she has carved her own niche, her own identity as a writer, author, editor and a social worker.
କାଦମ୍ବିନୀ ଏକ ସମୟ ଯାହା ଚିରନ୍ତନ ସତ୍ୟ କୁ ନେଇ ବିଚାରକୁ ନେଇ କିଛି ଚିନ୍ତା ଚେତନା କୁ ନେଇ ଆଗେଇ ଚାଲିଛି ନିଜ ଗନ୍ତବ୍ୟ ପଥରେ
Such a heart touching and overwhelming incidence. I salute to your and iti mam’s dedication sir. You have spell bounded all with your vision always.
I like and respect Dr. Achyuta Samanta. Because Dr. Achyuta Samanta is a messiah who helps a lot of people. The whole world is his family. His versions are very powerful. Goddess Laxmi has been anchored on his shoulders. But Maa Saraswati is also very much gracious on him. He saves lives. He builds up lives. He builds the Nation by evoking enormous ability latent in Human resources. He is multidimensionally active. His life and mission is most commendable. Having an incomparable personality. He has been proved as a saviour of humanity at large.
His high power of personality – I regard, revere and applaud and wish that Lord Jagannath would make him Live Long heal and hearty.
KADAMBINI – is known to be a clustered cloud in the sky. It is the hope of the agriculturists, the peacock and skylarks, the trees and keepers.
KADAMBINI – is a magazine which has spread over the world among the Odia People who are more social, cultural and humane in nature. I like this magazine which is a product of the thought of Dr. Achyuta Samanta and sincere effort of the great sister Dr. Iti Samanta.
I wish KADAMBINI live and survive as the longest magazine of the world.
Excellent and Inspiring. Thank you Ma’am for sharing. It will definitely motivate others how to work in difficult situations.
Definitely mam your dedication and self confidence made it possible and “Kadambini” became a household family magazine + the man’s (Our founder) hand on your head is a sheer blessings.
Because, his vision is completely different than others what he visualise today it will be visible to us years after.
That’s the Quality & entrepreneurship of a man who gives a brand name of the product.. ? ?
Awesome , fantastic n best bet for good reading in a word what Kadambini is !!
Every word of Founder sir is phphetic and the talent of every kind runs through the blood .
May Almighty enlighten the masses through the magazina .
Such a nice story behind Kadambini. Saute .
Thank you sir for sharing this beautiful article. With your foresight and blessing nothing is impossible. Jay Jagannath ??
Very nice story ?
The making of Kadambini reminds us of Kiit n Kiss the famous organisation which started with such small amount of Rs..5000 and today nobody can imagine the total worth of the organisation. .Kiit has made its mark in the national and International forum and Kiss is a miracle which can be named as the Eighth wonder..Esteemed Dr.Achyuta Samantha sir..you are s blessings to the society and each n everyone who is associated with you surely would have done some good deeds in life..Our Loving Iti Madam has been a source of inspiration and a model of strong will power..To make her the person par excellence your blessings and your contribution can never be ignored..She is so lucky to have such a wonderful brother who stands besides her lifelong ..Your touch with the K insignia of course rocks..Thanks to the divine mother Madam Nillomarani ji to have given birth to such blessed siblings…My deep regards to her and all best wishes to Kadambini …??
Superb and Inspiring. Thank you Mam for sharing. It will definitely motivate others how to work in difficult situations.
Superb and Inspiring. Thank you Mam for sharing.