Bhubaneswar: A three-day national Dhara event, ‘Samudramanthan’, organised under the aegis of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in Odisha to focus on the state’s glorious maritime history and create the Vision Document on maritime traditions-2047, kicked off on Tuesday.
The programme was inaugurated at the SOA Deemed to be University here with speakers putting light on India’s maritime history. Coinciding with the inauguration of the historic Baliyatra in Cuttack, the event has been organised by the Indian Knowledge System Division of Ministry of Education in association with the Ministry of Culture and SOA.
The event will include panel and roundtable discussions on the country’s maritime history locations, traditions, ship building, navigation, trade and cultural exchange, maritime security and international law which will be held at the Odisha Maritime Museum in Cuttack over the next two days.
The inaugural programme was addressed by Sanjeev Sanyal, author and member, Economic Advisory Council of the prime minister, Prof GS Murthy, national coordinator, IKS Division, Priyanka Chandra, director, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Ministry of Culture and Prof Pradipta Kumar Nanda, pro-vice-chancellor, SOA Prof Nachieketa K Sharma, director, University Outreach Programme, SOA welcomed the speakers while Prof Jyoti Ranjan Das, dean (Students’ Welfare) proposed the vote of thanks.
Sanyal, in his keynote address, highlighted India’s ancient maritime exploits saying it was the only country after which an ocean had been named. India wielded enormous influence in South-East Asia through its trade, culture and geo-politics during the time, he said adding efforts were on to revive the ancient ‘stitched ship technology’ practised by Indians to build ships centuries ago.
Prof. Murthy said ‘Samudramanthan’ was part of the Dhara series of events which focused on India’s past history and achievements while endeavouring to connect the same with the present and prepare an action plan for the next 25 years. The Dhara events held so far, he said, included India’s contribution to the field of mathematics, India’s calendar system, astrophysics and astronomy, ayurveda and martial arts. The programme on maritime tradition was planned in Odisha because of the state’s glorious tradition in the field, he said.