Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep: 5:
A Global Odisha Conference (GO 2015) is being planned on July 1 and 2, 2015 ahead of the Odisha Society of America’s 46th Annual Convention scheduled to be held from July 3 to July 5, 2015, an OSA press release said.
The Washington DC Chapter of OSA will host the event at the Gaylord Resort on National Harbor and inaugurated at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Washington DC.
“GO 2015 is an ambitious event that aims to unite the Odias living abroad such as at Great Britain, Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Russia, France, Germany, Canada, Japan, China, Bahama and other Asean, European, African and Latin American countries.This is an event to let all Odia Prabasis share their common joy and pain, build a global network, and make their and the compatriots’ lives richer and better,” the release stated.
“Children of these communities will also initiate acquaintances to build a global network as such global networks will bring unity and build a stronger setu (Bridge) between Odisha and the rest of the world. GO 2015 is going to unite scholars, professionals, artists, social workers, and organizers on a common platform so that they are empowered to address their common challenges.
GO 2015 will provide opportunities to various overseas Oriya villages to unite and foster friendships towards a common goal.
Stating that the intention of the organizers is to rotate the Global Odisha Conference among different countries at 2-3 year interval, the release informed that GO 2015 will bring together eminent persons and subjecte experts to deliberate on areas and sub-areas such as: (1) Education – Formation of a Think Tank to put Odisha at the fore front of educational map (2) Jagannath – Cross the World (3) Communication – adopt modern practices in media and press (4) Tourism – road show/ Buddhist tourism circuit and natural resources (5) Business – attracting foreign investors and foster joint ventures (6) Art, Culture – exposing Odia arts to western world (7) Spiritual – Odia philosophies / Yoga (8) 1st Oriya Film Festival – Odia films and films made by overseas Odias (9) Odia Literature – seminars & promoting Odia language (10) Expert assistance to the Governments – issues, suggestions and remedies.
GO 2015 is working on programs to be held at the White House, United States Capitol, United States Department of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Smithsonian, Kennedy Center of Performing Arts etc. The program is envisaged to be co-sponsored by the Government of India, the Government of Odisha and various private organizations.
The 46th OSA Annual Convention will continue from July 3 to July 5, 2015 at the Gaylord Resort with the first day dedicated to the Odisha Development Day and other workshops.
The annual OSA convention typically features presentations and workshops on literature, women’s issue, poetry reading, youth events, dance and music competitions, cultural performance by invited artists, inter-chapter drama competition, shows, food samplings, art and crafts, vendor displays, employment opportunities, investment opportunities, corporate displays, etc.
Pratap Das has been selected as the convenor for both the events.
Tapan Padhi, President of OSA, Sikhanda Satapathy, Vice President of OSA, and Prakash Sahu, President of Washington DC Chapter of OSA are leading the planning of this momentous and first-of-its-kind event on behalf of the OSA.
The OSA officebearers’ election for 2015-17 will be held in May 2015 as per the schedule announced by the OSA election committee on the Association’s website.