Providence, Rhode Island, USA:
With the theme of “Transforming Odisha for a Better Tomorrow Through Partnership”, the 47th Odisha Society of America (OSA) Annual Convention has been concluded on 3rd July 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence in New England Region, USA. The 3-Day event featured iconic and inspirational speakers, world-class entertainment, workshops and seminars to discuss innovative ideas for better health care and economic development of our fellow Odias back home, and delectable Odia cuisines.
Senior author Dr. Rama Chandra Behera, from Odisha, was the chief guest. Singer Rituraj, social activist Sruti Mohapatra, and members of Mayur Art Center including more than 50 invited guests from Odisha also graced the occasion with their arts and talents. Odia communities around the country and from Canada joined the three days event.
The cultural theme of these year’s convention was “Amara Aitihya Amara Sanskruti (Our Heritage, Our Culture).” Talents from various OSA chapters participated in the inaugural performance. It consists of music numbers like Odisha Mo Odisha and various folk dances of Odisha.
Local chapter drama “Alo Nani Ja Na Tu Cuttack Buli” was very entertaining with a very significant message. Many competitions for kids and youths such as OSA got talent, Subrina Biswal competition for performing arts and Champu Chanda and Odishi were organized.
Youth cultural performance in a contemporary form in the song “Ja Ja Re Bhasi Ja” was an amazing one. An excellent performance by ladies on “women’s journey” and a fashion show with the concept of Mother Earth and its many forms were staged. Many other cultural programs from other chapters were performed trough out the three days. Odissi dance by Sujata Mohapatra and Shivani Kanungo added value to the extravaganza.
In Pramod Patnaik drama competition, participated by four different chapters, New York and New Jersey chapter were the winners. Art exhibitions, song competitions and other cultural programs made the convention center a mini Odisha for three days.
The mission of OSA is to connect Odia friends and their families across North America and around the globe during this three-day event and beyond. As the capital of Ocean State, Providence, RI is aptly called the Creative Capital of USA. It has been recognized as a top dining destination and an Arts Mecca.