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Chittaranjan Das Memorial Lecture

Sikshasandhan organises an annual lecture in memory of Prof. Chittaranjan Das, an eminent freedom fighter, a brillianteducational innovator and famous Odia essayist, who was a great source ofinspiration for Sikshasandhan. The first memorial lecture was delivered by eminent scientist and Chairman, BharatiyaGyanaBigyaSamiti, Dr M.P. Parameswaran in 2012.The second memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. ArshiaSattar, a noted scholar and translator in 2013. The third memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. Ramachandra Guha, an eminent writer, historian and biographer in 2014.

Basant Satpathy Memorial Lecture

Late Sri Basant Kumar Satpathy, as an author has given many fine creations to enrich the Odia Literature. The first story establishes the stamp of a master. There is a playful arbitrariness in the prose and an irreverent tendency to jump subjects in a manner that the reader may initially need to tune in to. But unpredictability and subtle irony colour Satpathy's writing. Complementing his style are other factors like a strong connection with nature and animals and a deep empathy with tribal, impoverished rustics and other marginalised sections. Thus, in the title story, the one-eyed chick makes a tragic exit and a revengeful youngster and a pair of nesting kites take centre stage positions, leading to an unexpected outcome. Stories like 'The Rickshaw-fare', 'A Log of

Wood', 'The White Lotus' and 'Tea' highlight the inherent integrity of the Adivasi. 'Rice' is a particularly poignant story about crippling poverty and the struggle against starvation. The tragedy of mindlessly drawing political borders could not have been portrayed more bitingly; borders that could go on to be the crucial divide between plenty and stark poverty. The carving of Odisha (then called Orissa) as a separate state and the far-flung consequences of this move is at the heart of many a story as are untouchability and caste injustices in rural society.
Sikshasandhan celebrates his birth anniversary by organising an annual event called 'Basant Satpathy Memorial Lecture' on 26th June every year. Generally speakers with scholarly repute at national level are invited as guests to deliver the lecture, which are attended by the intelligentsia of the state.

Tribal Literature Festival

Sikshasandhan organises an annual lecture in memory of Prof. Chittaranjan Das, an eminent freedom fighter, a brillianteducational innovator and famous Odia essayist, who was a great source ofinspiration for Sikshasandhan. The first memorial lecture was delivered by eminent scientist and Chairman, BharatiyaGyanaBigyaSamiti, Dr M.P. Parameswaran in 2012.The second memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. ArshiaSattar, a noted scholar and translator in 2013. The third memorial lecture was delivered by Dr. Ramachandra Guha, an eminent writer, historian and biographer in 2014.