On this occasion, a photo exhibition about the life of Biju Babu was also held. Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister, Industries, School & Mass Education, Odisha inaugurated the celebration and described about the contribution of Biju Babu for building the Nation and Odisha, his participation in the Indian Freedom Movement as well as contribution for lifting the Indonesian Leaders from the Dutch.
Besides he appealed to the Odia active stakeholders for the development of Odisha in 21st Century to fulfil the vision of Biju Babu. The prominent Technocrat Sri Gyana Das described his personal experience with Biju Babu and his contribution to Odisha. Sri Purna Mohanty, an entrepreneur technocrat made a beautiful presentation about the development of Odisha and the association of Odia community and discussed about the socio-cultural and economic development in Silcon Valley for Odisha.
The Santa Clara Council Members Rusi Kumar and Sabita Baidyanathan along with Cupectino Municipal Mayor Gilbert Yong addressed the gathering and congratulated the community for their involvement in various activities along with the citizens of the locality. Sri Mishra, Hon’ble Minister, Industries and School & Mass Education, Odisha, Shri Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Sri P.K. Jena, Principal Secretary, I.T. & Water Resources Department have answered the queries raised by the different participants regarding development of Odisha.
The possibilities of the direct connectivity of the Odia community to boost the socio-cultural and economic activities and requested the delegation to allow the Odia institutions at America like iGurukul to have certification courses about Odia language and culture. The iGurukul students performed Odishi, Sambalpuri and other local dances which was witnessed by more than 300 families of the Odia Community. Miss. Kuku Das, Namrata Patnaik, Gayatri Joshi, Arundhoti Mishra coordinated the events. On 8th morning, Sri Mishra, Hon’ble Minister visited the iGurukul institution and interacted with the parents, teachers and students who are learning Odia language and Odishi dance.