Rangavati Centre at IIM Sambalpur is a testament to promote Sambalpuri art globally

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 23, 2024 IST

IIM Sambalpur

Sambalpur, May 23: At IIM Sambalpur, we are committed to integrating art and culture into our educational framework. The Rangavati Centre, dedicated to promoting the globally renowned Sambalpuri art, is a testament to this commitment, said Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur.

He was addressing the inaugural session of the one-day national seminar on "Unknown aspects of the Freedom Struggle; Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Management in Western parts of Odisha". 

Prof. Jaiswal further said, “Supported by the ICSSR, the centre aims to explore how art and culture can drive sustainable business practices globally. Unlike many business schools that focus solely on corporate brands, we strive to elevate local heritage to a global stage. Our approach to management education integrates societal values with business acumen. We believe in creating an inclusive, respectful, and hierarchy-free environment where every individual feels valued. This culture is not just aspirational but is practised every day at IIM Sambalpur. Today, at the Rangavati Centre, we are not only celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Sambalpur but also embarking on a journey to create a sustainable, innovative, and inclusive business model."

The seminar was organised by IIM Sambalpur in association with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi at Rangavati Centre for Excellence in Culture and Sustainable Management at IIM Sambalpur Campus. The objective of the seminar was to highlight the unknown aspects of the freedom struggle as well as the vibrant cultural heritage and folk traditions linked to sustainable management in western parts of Odisha.

During the inaugural session the chief guest, Prof. Bidhu Bhusan Mishra, Vice Chancellor, Sambalpur University; guest of honour, Prof. Chandi Prasad Nanda, Director of the Odisha Research Centre in Bhubaneswar and Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, of IIM Sambalpur were present.

It is important to mention that IIM Sambalpur  has recently been awarded Rs 70 for a research programme entitled “A Critical Study of Folk Tradition, Cultural Heritage, Cultural History & Unknown Aspects of Armed and Non-Violent Freedom Struggle in Western Parts of Odisha by ICSSR.”

Prof. Bidhu Bhusan Mishra said "One crucial aspect we must address is the often-overlooked contribution of Odisha to India's freedom struggle. Modern history books rarely highlight the significant role of our region in the freedom movement. Prof. Mishra further said “It is time to rewrite this narrative, ensuring Odisha's contributions are duly recognized. Freedom fighters like Jai Rajguru, who resisted British rule in the early 19th century, and the Khurda rebellion are seminal events that require documentation and celebration. We must remember and honour heroes like Veer Surendra Sai, whose contributions to our freedom struggle are monumental yet underrepresented in mainstream history. This seminar provides a platform to bring these untold stories to light, ensuring they become an integral part of India's historical narrative."

Prof. Chandi Prasad Nanda said, "India is at a pivotal moment, witnessing significant paradigm shifts in intellectual activities and responding by seeking to rewrite knowledge practices that challenge existing hegemonic narratives. Rangavati, as conceptualized, aims to retrieve and celebrate forgotten memories, historical wisdom, sustainable management practices, and cultural heritage. It encourages us to engage with our rich and diverse cultural ecosystem, resonating with Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos' argument that different knowledge practices deserve recognition and respect."

The inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof. Hemachandra Padhan while the introductory remarks were shared by Prof.  Sujit Kumar Pruseth.  



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