24 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: For the first time ever, great revolutionary and freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai’s Birth Anniversary was celebrated outside India. Expatriate group GOOD (Global Odias for Odisha’s Development) organized the 212th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Veer Surendra Sai in Dubai on 23rd January (the day he was born, in the year 1809).
Nonresident Odias living in Dubai came together and celebrated this event in a befitting manner. The function started with all participants paying floral tributes to the legendary freedom fighter. An extravagant display of Veer Surendra Sai’s valour, bravery and heroism followed soon after.
Audiovisual presentations on Veer Surendra Sai’s life and times were made by various participants, including many children. Momentous occasions like his first rebellion at the age of 18 and his escape from Hazaribagh Jail and subsequent leadership of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny in the Central Part of India were described in detail.
Stories of his valour, grit and determination fired the imagination of the attendees and electrified the atmosphere inside the function hall. Specially composed poems were also readout. The participants were also made to take a pledge to walk the on the revolutionary path of Veer Surendra Sai and propagate his ideals.
The highlight of the evening was the special video address by Eminent Odia/Sambalpuri Author and Dramatist Mangulu Charan Biswal. Rashtrapati and Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Shri Biswal’s popular play on Veer Surendra Sai continues to be enacted in various parts of the country and has served as an eye-opener to many people.
Biswal expressed his happiness to learn of Veer Surendra Sai’s Jayanti being celebrated in Dubai (for the first time ever, a celebration was being organized outside India). He said it was his honour to address the gathering through a video message. He urged the people to not let VSS’s efforts go waste. He congratulated GOOD on organizing this celebration and expressed hope that many more places outside India will start celebrating Veer Surendra Sai’s Jayanti in the future.