Bande Utkala Janani

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This article is about the poem. For the 2008 film, see Bande Utkala Janani (film).

Bande Utkala Janani (Oriya:ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ) is an Oriya patriotic poem written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. When Orissa became independent on 1 April 1936, this poem was made the state anthem of Orissa.[1]

The poem envisages a UTKAL that maintains her self-respect and dignity from a position of confidence and strength rather than insecurity and fear.



  1. ^ Students and teachers of schools in Cuttack district will have to compulsorily sing ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ during daily prayer. "The district administration on Monday issued directions to all schools to include recital of the State song in the prayer sessions with immediate effect. A committee of senior citizens would be constituted to keep a tab on schools to ensure total adherence to the instructions, Collector Girish SN said. Making the announcement during observation of death anniversary of Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das, Girish said the objective was to generate Oriya pride and love for the language among the younger generation. Mayor Soumendra Ghosh announced that it is mandatory that signboards of all establishments and institutions in the city will have to be in Oriya language from April 1. Failing to do so will invite penal action against violators, he warned.]
  2. ^ Orissa Annual Reference 2005