State Song imposed on all Odisha schools

school studentCUTTACK (Odisha): School students across Cuttack district will have to sing the state song ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ from April 1 (UtkalDiwas) during the morning assembly. The singing of this regional ¬†anthem will be compulsory for private and government schools.

The decision was taken by district collector Girish S N on Tuesday during a preparatory meeting held at the collector’s office for the celebration of UtkalDiwas in the district. “As a mark of respect to the state and to our Odia language, all school students and teachers will have to sing the state song compulsorily from April 1,” the collector said.

“With this initiative our aim is to inculcate a sense of belonging and affinity towards the state among students, and to urge them to respect the Odia language. We are hopeful that private schools will co-operate with us,” said the collector. All schools presently organize morning sessions where students sing prayers. Some schools follow it up with the national anthem. Now that the state song is going to be compulsory, it will be the third and in some cases second song for the schools. “We will ensure that the song is sung properly in all government and private schools located in urban and rural areas in the district,” the collector added.

Special committees will be formed to monitor that the order is being complied with. If any school does not adhere to the order, senior district officials will visit the school authorities personally and will convince them to follow it. An official notification in this regard will be sent to all schools in the next two days, the collector informed. ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ written by Kantakabi Laxmikant Mohapatra in 1912 is revered as the state song of Odisha.

Now, the question is this: will the anthem be sung in the Madrasas [Private run Muslim schools usually theological in nature, some state government funded} and will this be extended to all minority schools? Will the song have to be sung every day?

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