Today marks the Foundation Day of Bhubaneswar. The city of Bhubaneswar is quite close to my heart and it brings me a great deal of happiness that the city is celebrating its 74th Foundation day and next year will celebrate the milestone 75th. Undoubtedly, this is a great day of celebration for Bhubaneswar and its citizens but I also feel that it is a big day for me. I am forever grateful to its soil. The city has played a huge role in whatever success I have had in my life and what I have been accomplishing. Bhubaneswar was my fate and in a small way, I was to witness the city’s fate and transformation from close quarters. It would not be wrong to say that I have been one of the fortunate human beings to have witnessed the growth of this city and the city has seen mine.
I hadn’t seen or visited Bhubaneswar until I pursued my post-graduation from Vani Vihar. I just knew it is Odisha’s capital. Lack of means and resources kept me limited to my village and its neighbouring clusters. During my university days, I grew fond of this city and its people. After my education, I got offers from private universities outside Bhubaneswar but with much difficulty and finally after persistent efforts landed up a job at Maharshi College in Bhubaneswar. I never left for any other jobs that were offered to me from outside of the capital because of my strong divine connection with the city. Here I have started the base of my work in education, health, social work, art, culture, literature, media and spiritualism.
I started KIIT and KISS with no backing and just a passion to create change from this soil. During KIIT’s and KISS’s formative years, I used to walk 15 kilometres a day. I never had a cycle then. I directly got a second-hand bike when I could afford it and life has been on a rise since then. Today, I travel to the same city in a luxury car due to the grace of God and look at how both of us have grown.
Under the leadership of Hon’ble Odisha Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik the city has become smart in every way possible. National level institutions of education and sports have been established here. It has less pollution, more greenery and very warm people. When Bhubaneswar was conceptualized it was laid out for 50,000 people and today 15 lakh people are living in it. The number will most likely double in the next decade but the city has something to offer to all. When I came to Bhubaneswar, people from other states were unaware of the city and now the capital city has become the sports capital of the country. Not just sports, the city represents culture, temples, health, education and art. The rise of the city is indeed commendable. It is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity.
Personally, for me, I will be living in this city till my death and work as this is my Karmabhoomi. There is no way I could ever live anywhere else in this planet and how could I? This city has given me so much. This is the place that has given me an identity and made me what I am. We both are each other’s witnesses of transformation.
Happy 74th Birthday, Bhubaneswar!
1993 Bhubaneswar means Vanivihar and master canteen.Now Bhubaneswar speeding 20km . The center is Our KiiT University.earler Patia was a village popular for Snake catching zone as life hood of a special category of people.
For me Bhubaneswar is special due to its ambience both in terms of my academics at BJEM, B.JB College & in Sailabala Women’s College with good living at hostel. But the best aspect is the academic spectrum in terms of affordability, national/International rankings, multidisciplinary, depth and breadth of research and development cum teaching institutions like KIIT & KISS, health care KIMS and decent institutional accommodation. Now my daughter Aditi is availing the same educational scope at KIIT International School. We have Lord Jagannath to give solace. Ha
Very good nostalgia. Rabi Behera
For me Bhubaneswar is special due to its ambience both in terms of my academics at BJEM, B.JB College & in Sailabala Women’s College with good living at hostel. But the best aspect is the academic spectrum in terms of affordability, national/International rankings, multidisciplinary, depth and breadth of research and development cum teaching institutions like KIIT & KISS, health care KIMS and decent institutional accommodation. Now my daughter Aditi is availing the same educational scope at KIIT International School. We have Lord Jagannath to give solace. Happy Bhubaneswar Foundation day!!
Sir you have written this article in so simple language…but through your pen Bhubaneswar and your life in this temple city became more lively in our eyes…many thanks and regards for sharing your thoughts.
Though I am from Kolkata, I am traveling for official work at Bhubaneswar since 2005/2006…and now I am a proud father of a KIITIAN as my daughter is now studying IMCJ at School of Mass Communication at your reputed University.
Since my association with this temple city for more than 16 years, I really not only love the atmosphere, culture of Bhubaneswar but also overwhelmed by the sobre behavior and positive attitude of people of Bhubaneswar too.
Happy Birthday Bhubaneswar
The city and state is proud of its illustrious son of the soil for his relentless to eradicate poverty and bring a smile on the faces of the underprivileged through education
Bhubaneswar is our land of success as once we are here we grow here only..I also never saw Bhubaneswar till I took admission in Utkal university for my post graduation..After that no looking back…I live this city..really it has visible growth for the constant efforts of our loving CM Sir Naveen Pattnaik ji and all his able ministers..Happy Foundation day my dear Bhubaneswar…
Bhubaneswar is not just a city its an emotion.Having grown in the city and having done kg to pg in bhubaneswar have seen the city grow rapidly, one of my most cherisable and finest years would be my grad from kiit. Thank you kiit
Happy 74th Birthday, Bhubaneswar
Namaskar sir, What a beautiful article sir.
A city which offers some thing to everyone. Any body driving from the airport gets mesmerised by it’s beauty, greenery and cleanliness. An educational hub attracts students from all over the country & globe. Persons like Dr. Achyuta Samanta (and many others) have contributed immensely for attracting great talents from all over the World. No doubt KIIT & KISS are two islands of excellence unique in their own way located in the city. Every Odia including NROs & NRIs want a roof in Bhubaneswar. I am one of them. Thank you BHUBANESWAR .
Growth, development and planning of Bhubaneswar: A city in eastern India!
Excellent presentation by our Honourable Founder Dr Achyuta Samanta Sir on the eve of 74th Foundation Day of Bhubaneswar.
There is a greater relationship with Bhubaneswar by Samanta Sir his Karmabhumi, creating world-class Universities from zero without any Support & background.
Last more than three decades he has spent here & whatever he has achieved achieved because of his base at Bhubaneswar.
The water, soil & air of Bhubaneswar are in his soul.
Prime time of his Youthful days & onwards todate he has been spending here.
He has seen Bhubaneswar rising & growing under the visionary leadership of Honourable CM very closely because BJD has been ruling the State since more than 22 Years.
All Recognitions, Rewards, Honours he got because of his Foundation at Bhubaneswar.
From unknown Bhubaneswar to Worldwide known Bhubaneswar, a great transformation he has witnessed.
The city of Bhubaneswar is well known all over the country as a historical, cultural, religious cum tourist centre — enriched with a large number of ancient temples, distinguished in indigenous sculpture, art & architecture.
In the post independence period (1954), the town was redesignated as the new capital of Orissa(now Odisha) State & made the administrative headquarters of the state.
Since then it has continued its major functions of administrative & service activity, but after 1980, light industrial & manufacturing activities were added & subsequently emphasized under the programme of industrial estate development. looks at the different aspects of growth, development & planning of the city with a focus on issues related to land management, environment & development.
The role of different organizations in the context of overall growth & development of the city including our KIIT KISS Universities.
Bhubaneswar is now a beautiful and happening city. The role of KIIT and KISS in making it more beautiful is emmence. Your vision to established KIIT and KISS as a Sports hub supported Bhubaneswar to become the capital of Sports in India. Now more and more people coming to Bhubaneswar because of events particularly Sports organized at KIIT helping to improve tourism in Odisha through Sports. In making Bhubaneswar an Academic destination the role played by KIIT and KISS is praiseworthy. We can say KIIT made Bhubaneswar famous for so many things and both celebrates the 74th Birthday together.
Heart touching & inspirational description…great
Bhubaneswar has indeed been a city of opportunities for many people across our State. A rich confluence of culture, art, spirituality and development, our city Bhubaneswar has been making its mark in the country and around the world. It is heartwarming to read your personal connect with Bhubaneswar, Sir.
We pray and hope that Bhubaneswar continues its strive towards being a Smart City while retaining its history and heritage.
Pranam Sir 🙏
It is a wonderful blog. The city Bhubaneswar is known as temple City of India. Because of you sir, it became education and sports hub of Eastern India. 🙏
The blog beautifully depicts the close attachment of Hon’ble Founder with the Temple City having its rich heritage and legacy. Two great institutions KIIT and KISS founded on this soil have stood tall among its peers since last three decades for its academic excellence and community engagement . The hub of education and sports, Bhubaneswar has witnessed many national and international sports events hosted successfully earning accolades .The immense contribution of Hon’ble Founder in the field of education, sports, art, culture , literature, rural development , women empowerment and spiritualism have all happened at Bhubaneswar. Your struggleful journey and passion for ‘Education for All ” specially for the deprived and underprivileged is unparalleled and source of inspiration for many. As son of the soil you have shown the way to the world to emulate to reduce educational inequities in this unequal world.