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Report of the Holi Program on March 20, 99
General Overview
Panel Discussion
  • Kanan Mishra
  • Pitamber Sarangi
  • Jogesh Pati
  • Discussion
Cultural Program
  Note: Holi program was arranged by the Oriya Bhajan Group at Siva Vishnu temple auditorium, Lanham, Maryland.
General Overview
  Although we planned to start on time, due to the reasons beyond our control it became late. The Bharat Natyam program continued beyond their time limit due to the mistake of the people who had booked the hall before them. The mistake of the first group affected all the programs making chain reactions.
The experience also taught us some lessons. Our surrounding is a significant factor which could affect our plans and principles anytime. We hope the lessons we learned from our experiences will guide our future actions.
We started late. But we are proud for all the participants of the Holi program as they all did their duty of reaching on time which was on their control. In Gita it says:

    karmani ewa adhikArah te mA phaleshu kadAchana
mA karmaphalahetuh bhooh mA te sangah astu akarmani
" Thy right is to work only; but never to its fruits; let not the fruit of action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction. "

Although late, the program started smoothly with much excitement and cheer and playing the colors. More than 40 families and many singles from 6 states participated in the program. Some of them including Durga Mishra had also brought "Abira". All the expensive clothes became colored, but nobody was annoyed. Although some of the plans had to be immediately modified to adapt to the new timings, the transition was smooth.
  The first part of the program was "Melana". Five "bimanas" had arrived for the procession. They are:
  • Radha-Krishna brought by Munmoy Mishra's family from Richmond, Virginia;
  • Lord Jagannath brought by Indu Das's family from Philadelphia;
  • Radha-Krishna by Srikant Nayak's family from Lanham, Maryland;
  • Lord Jagannath brought by Mahashringha Das from Catonsville, Maryland;
  • Radha-Madan Mohan brought by Naresh Das's family from Columbia, Maryland.
  The biman's entered the auditorium with kirtan and playing of color. The crowd was cheerful. After all the biman's reached the auditorium stage, Lipishree Nayak and Madhumita Kar sang the "Arati" (Jaya Jagadisha Hare). All the program participants came near the Lords and did "bandApanA".

Seema Mishra was at the registration desk distributing the program schedule, name tags and the bhajan patrika.
Welcome Speech

Nrusingha Mishra delivered the welcome speech. He gave introduction about the history of the bhajan program and its goals.
  The second part of the program was bhajan which started just after everybody finished doing "bandApanA".

Children's bhajan started after that. Thay sang Oriya bhajan "Ahe dayAmaya bishwa bihAri" and sanskrit bhajan "Namastestu MahAmAye" accompanied by Indu Mishra and Mrs Illa Ojha who teach the children during our regular bhajan programs.

The Master of Ceremony for the bhajan program was Indubhusan Mishra, who gave very nice introductions about the bhajan songs.

Kalyan Das and Subhashri Das were helping in projecting the bhajan songs for the audience to follow the singers.

The adult bhajan was started by Mahashakti Das, the temple priest from ISKCON. He was accompanied by Gopal Krishna Das and Sudhansu Das in Mrudanga and Jhanja. Surendra Roy also accompanied him in Tabla and Naresh Das with Mrudanga. He first sang the sanskrit bhajan "Jaya Sankha Gadadhar" and then sang the Oriya bhajan "Prabhu keun bana udaila". Surendra Roy sang the bhajan "Pashyati Dishi Dishi".

The other participants of the bhajan were Bigyani Das (Holi bhajan "Sajani dekha nayana bhari"), Pramod Tripathy (Jibanare jebe asiba sandhya), Asha Sahu (To lagi Gopadanda Mana), Padmanabha Pradhan (Sambalpuri bhajan "Hai Krushna hai Krushna boli").

The last two kirtans "Bana phula hare" by Surendra Roy and "Sajanire subhilani khola kirtana" by Mahashakti Das touched the minds of audience with devotional tunes.

The kathak dance by Srotalina Nayak was a part of the cultural program. But to make her able to attend the Odissi dance, she performed after the bhajan.
Panel Discussion
  Our third part of the program was the panel discussion.The topic of the discussion was the guiding principles for the strongest community.
First Prafulla Mishra invited the panelists Prof. Jogesh Pati, Kanan Mishra and Pitamber Sarangi to the stage. Bigyani Das introduced the topic and the panel session was moderated by Prafulla Mishra. All the panel speakers were very well prepared and their delivery styles were excellent.

Kanan Mishra

The points discussed by Kanan Mishra are :

  • Welcoming all kinds of people to the community.
  • Keep faith on ownself and always offer your work to the Lord.
  • Always keep this mantra "Sangham Saranam Gachhami". If you are in a group such as a family, a society, a state or a country, give priority to the interest of the whole mass than your self interest. Always have the feeling of a community member.
  • All work is service to Lord. So always appreciate the service of others.
  • Love is very powerful.
Pitamber Sarangi:

The points discussed by Pitamber Sarangi are

  • Three types of growth, accrative, replicative and mutual.
  • Back home we have a culture to grow up with. In this country we have to build it.
  • When Bhrugu had gone to Baruna to ask about his duties after his education was over, Baruna told him never to say no if anybody asked for food and shelter. In the Kaliyug that might be risky, but we should always share the spiritual food and shelter with the needy people.
  • Everybody should care for each other.
  • We should teach our values to our children irrespective of the thought that they might not accept it.
  Jogesh Pati:

Prof. Jogesh Pati discussed about three main areas of strength that a community should have

  • material strength that includes individual accomplishments. Individual people build the community. Unless a person in the community is individualy happy and content with his ambitions, he might not contribute to the strength of the community.
  • cultural strength should be acheived through literature, music and appreciating the beauty in other people, culture and society.
  • spiritual strength comes appreciating the innerself, doing good, having compassion and love for others and providing service to others.
  He also stated that in Indian Society, we stress more on individual accomplishments. In China and Japan they put more stress on the achievement of the country as a whole. But we need a balance between the two. And balancing these two level of acheivements we could achieve success.

He quoted Bedanta which says "follow your own way, but don't think that's the only way."

Quoting Ramakrishna he said that the objects in a circle could go to the center by following their own radius vector. They shouldn't go to other's radius vector to reach the center.
Giving examples of nuclear force and electromagnetic force from physics Prof. Pati said that apparently diverse objects are not really different.
Prof. Pati talked about being consistent and determined irrespective of unfavourable circumstances which could be the best principles for a stronger personality as well as for the strongest community. He gave example of Chandrasekhar whose ideas of neutron star and black hole were rejected initially. But he didn't give up and enjoyed working on various ideas of his own.


The discussion was followed with questions and comments by Srikant Nayak, Lipishree Nayak, Manoj Sahu, Dharitri Mishra and Munmaya Mishra. Replying to Manoj Sahu's questions Pitamber Sarangi discussed the right way to spend the money we earn. According to him one-fourth of our money should be spent on the people who make us capable of earning that money, which includes our parents, our state, educational institutes etc. Another one-fourth should be spent on maintaining our present life style, food, clothing, housing etc. One-fourth should be saved for the future and the rest one-fourth should be spent on charities.

Kannan Mishra stressed on the power of love.

Cultural Program
  Pramod Tripathy and Asha sahu did excellent job as the masters of ceremony for the cultural program.
The stage management, lights and sounds were taken care of by Brahmapriya Sen, and Padmanabha Pradhan.
The program started with the opening song "Bande Utkala Janani" sang by Aparajita Mishra, Lipishree Nayak, Gitu Sarangi, Sulagna Mishra and Kunmun Sarangi.
The second item was the musical drama "Kanchi Bijoy" performed by the children Bagmi Das (Purushottam), Natasha Rao (Padmavati), Prerana Pradhan (Manika), Mrunali Das (Jagannath and Paika), Rajashree Mishra (Senapati), Suman Ojha (Balabhadra and Paika), Asmi Panigrahi (Paika), Ramulu Nayak (Mantri) and Shashwati Das (Dutta). The children did excellent job showing their understanding far above their age level.

Nilam Rao and Illa Ojha helped the children with their costumes.

The talent show by Amaresh Sahu (yo-yo) was enjoyed by all.

The last item holi dance (holi holi re holi, ranga rangeli nali) was performed by Bagmi Das and Prerna Pradhan and other children.

Naresh Das delivered the vote of thanks.

Although the program was finally over, and people were taking "prasad", Pramod Tripathy introduced to us a very talented singer "Pravasranjan Patnaik" who entertained the audience with two beautiful songs.

  The major part of the program, food, was managed by Kalpana Panigrahi and Sikha Sen. Mrs Liza Tripathy and Pinaki Panigrahi were assisting in everything. The food was carried by Dhirendra Kar from the temple. Other food items were prepared.

  Seema Mishra, daughter of Indubhusan Mishra and Kanan Mishra washed the kitchen, parts of the auditorium, and the walkways all by herself with much devotion and energy.
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