Manoranjan Panigrahi, Secretary of Language, Literature & Culture
A veteran bureaucrat knew for his probity and efficiency in equal measure, Manoranjan Panigrahi(Stirring the Culture Cauldron) is working diligently towards cultural renaissance and literary revival. Helming a relatively new department, Panigrahi has delivered outcomes in an astonishingly short time span.
He has invested efforts to complete the timely restoration of the iconic Sun Temple at Konark. The iron scaffolds at the historic temple were withdrawn to offer a wide-angle view to the tourists.
Panigrahi(Stirring the Culture Cauldron) doggedly took up the restoration work of the historic temple with the authorities at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). His efforts earned him rare plaudits from a cross-section of stakeholders.
In his efforts to revive literary works lost in obscurity, Panigrahi has initiated efforts to translate some of the classic writings in Urdu to Odia and vice versa.
He(Stirring the Culture Cauldron) has been instrumental in preparing the ground to convert Anand Bhavan, the birthplace of the doyen of Odisha politics late Biju Patnaik into a world-class museum.
It is being positioned as the hub of research that will attract tourists and intelligentsia in droves from across the world.
The rear side of Anand Bhavan will be developed into a multi-storied modern interpretation center, library, and an activity center for children and conference hall.
Simultaneously, Panigrahi(Stirring the Culture Cauldron) is attaching importance to the need to strengthen the Archives which speaks highly of a community’s cultural treasure.
He also added that Odia movies, music, literature, and other cultural aspects of the community have truly enriched the Archives and in future people will help to strengthen it further.
Keeping to the government’s much-vaunted 5T initiative, the department of language, literature & culture has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Bank of India (SBI) for online booking of auditoriums.
Panigrahi(Stirring the Culture Cauldron) is giving final touches to a policy proposed on promotion, conservation, and protection of the culture and heritage of the state.
The proposed policy would have detail provision for a vision for the future, research on art, music, cultural tourism, library movement, archaeology, archives, language, literature, welfare programs for artisans and artists.
“Setting up of regional cultural centres, and initiatives for the development of traditional dance, music, stage, and drama would also find a place in the proposed policy”, Panigrahi said.
Panigrahi who has earlier served as the state government’s I&PR secretary avowed that officials of the department play a stellar role in presenting and disseminating information about a flurry of schemes launched and implemented by the government.
He believes that officers have a seminal role to play in reaching out to people and apprising them on how they could profit from government schemes.
He harped on the role of modern technology for an effective public relations campaign.