Newsletter – May 2017

Odia Community Monthly Newsletter May 2017

Bandhugana Namaskar!

Hope you are all enjoying the glorious Autumn weather. The onset of cool weather has not dampened the spirits amongst our fellow Odias across Australia. Our community has been very active and busy in the month of April and and we have many events planned over next couple of months. Please enjoy the beautiful pictures from QLD and video of Phula Baula Beni from NSW.


The Queensland Odia Community, part of the national Odia Community ORIOZ Inc in Australia organised a cricket match to welcome the autumn with unlimited fun.  Kalinga Park was the name of field which almost seems to be the right place for expat Odias to have a game of cricket.

Trophies were sponsored and in house sponsorships were secured for each six hit and each catch taken.

Mr Palani O Thevar, President of the Federation of Indian Communities Queensland was the guest to hand over the trophies.  

image1Santosh Tripathy, who also is a national and international level cyclist, was judged as the best batsman. image3Dheeraj Lenka was successful in winning the best bowler trophy.  
image2Swastik Panda was a new member who joined the community on the cricket ground won the fairest player trophy. image5Debasish Das, the all-rounder won the man of the match trophy.
image4Amit Mohapatra was quick and agile on the field to win the best fielder trophy.

Sambit Das, who organised this match, said it was just pure unlimited fun that keeps the community together to enjoy each other’s friendship.

Western Australia

Perth Odia community not wanting to miss out on the wonderful weather and are organising a picnic. Please mark your calendar for this day. Everyone is welcome and there are a lot of fun filled activities on the cards.

Venue: Lake Leschenaultia

Date & Time: Sunday 28th May (12noon-4pm tentative)

Contact: Mahesh Sahu on 0402386560 / Bighnaraj Mohanty on 0405202516

The next planned get together will be the Rajaa celebration in June. Date and venue is yet to be decided.


Odia community in Victoria is excited to announce the name of the Sammilani 2018…UNMAAD. Our community in VIC was asked to suggest a name. Fourteen names were suggested by the community members. A survey was then conducted to vote for the entries by giving a rank. The name with the maximum votes and highest ranking was selected the winner.

Preparation is in full swing for the Rajaa Parba. Somyajit Kar and Aradhana Kar have kindly volunteered to take the lead in organising the event. Sulipta Tripathy and Aradhana are coordinating the teams who are busy preparing for the cultural activities. The occasion will be marked with the traditional “peethas” and “maunsa tarkari’. The young and the young at heart, will get a chance to showcase their talent in this cultural extravaganza. It is by far one of the most colourful events of the Victorian Odia calender. All are welcome to join for the fun and the delectable food.

Venue:- Flemington Community Centre

Date & Time:- 24th June 2017 (Sat) 5pm onwards

Contact: Aradhana on 0466 261 606


Our community in NSW staged the 4th edition of the iconic Phula Baula Beni (PBB), the Odia cultural event with much fanfare. It has been dubbed to be one of the best PBB ever.   

It would have not been possible without the dedication and commitment of all the participants, team leads and the volunteers. It takes a lot of effort to stage an event like PBB, requiring months of practice and planning. They are the real heroes of our community, a very big thank you to all of those invisible and selfless people.

Butu (Sovesh) led us with all his heart and made us proud, thank you Butu.

We know many of you have been waiting for the video. We have now received the video (full) and it is available in our youtube channel at . Enjoy the video and feel free to share it with your family and friends.  

If you had attended or participated in PBB4 we would like to know your feedback about the event. Here is the feedback form ( ) and it should not take more than 2 to 3 minutes to fill out.


Abhinash Patro, our elected state lead for ACT has decided to move north to Sydney. A big thank you to Abhinash for his dedication and good work as the state lead in ACT. We have now gone through a community process to fill the position of State Lead. Anup Das has put his hand up to take the opportunity, congratulations Anup, good on you.