On Utkala Dibasa, Vedanta Aluminium celebrates Odisha’s rich culture & heritage4th April 2023
- Felicitates sculptor Padma Vibhushan Shri. Sudarshan Sahoo among others for their services towards community
Bhubaneswar, Odisha; 4th April, 2023: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, celebrated Odisha’s rich culture & heritage on the occasion of the 88th Utkala Dibasa, across its operations in Jharsuguda and Lanjigarh (Kalahandi). In a grand ceremony at its smelter operations in Jharsuguda, the company felicitated two noted personalities, sculptor Padma Vibhushan Shri. Sudarshan Sahoo and Dr. Shankar Ramchandani, popularly known as the ‘One-Rupee Doctor’, for their contributions to Odia culture and service to the community.
Renowned Odia singers, Mr. Abhinash Das and Ms. Lopamudra Das enthralled everyone in attendance with their melodious performance at the event that celebrated the culture of Odisha, including traditional authentic Odia dishes prepared by the Adi-Anadi self-help group. An exhibition of various arts and handicrafts of Odisha was also organized along with competitions of traditional Odia art forms of Jhoti Chita (the drawing of intricate patterns with ground rice slurry), Rangoli & Alpana and Pitha (traditional delicacies made with rice) preparation.
At Vedanta’s Alumina Refinery operations in Lanjigarh, Odisha, the company sponsored a Haat Parikrama rally, where members of the local community performed the traditional Ghumura dance and tribal dances. Additionally, an exhibition of traditional artforms such as Dhokra handicrafts and Saura paintings was also organised to promote the artforms and attract more business for the artists. The exhibition was organised at the weekly market, Haat, which saw participation from over 400 community people. Dhokra is an ancient metalworking artform which has been a part of India’s rich handicraft legacy for nearly 5000 years and dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, while Saura features prominently in the tribal artforms of Odisha and draws inspiration from nature and the artists’ ways of life that includes animals, farmers, elements of nature, gods, etc. The company also hosted an elocution competition, a fancy dress competition on ‘Leaders of Odisha’ and a quiz on the milestones of Odisha for the children of its employees to spread awareness on the state’s rich history and impact on the world.
Wishing the people of Odisha on Utkala Dibasa, Mr. Sunil Gupta, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda said, “The 1st of April is a day of remembrance for us at Vedanta Aluminium, as we cherish our association with the state of Odisha over the years. We remain deeply committed to the development of Odisha and its people, through our state-of-the-art aluminium plants which are tools of economic progress and our developmental endeavours in education, healthcare, livelihood, skill development, sports, art & culture. On Utkala Dibasa, we wish the people of Odisha another year of great achievements and unparalleled progress, as we continue working towards the socio-economic development of the state and its citizens.”
Appreciating Vedanta Aluminium’s efforts to strengthen Odia traditions at the grassroots level, Padma Vibhushan Awardee Indian sculpture artist Shri. Sudarshan Sahoo, said, “Vedanta Aluminium has been instrumental in protecting and nurturing the traditional arts and crafts of Odisha. The company’s initiatives have helped in promoting and preserving the unique heritage of the state, which is vital to its identity. I appreciate Vedanta Aluminium’s efforts in promoting the rich cultural legacy of Odisha, and I hope that their commitment towards the development of the state continues to grow stronger with time.”
Speaking about Vedanta Lanjigarh’s efforts to preserve Odisha’s traditional art form, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Alumina Business, Vedanta Limited, said, “Vedanta Lanjigarh is proud to be a part of Odisha’s cultural renaissance, which is reflected in our endeavours to promote the beautiful traditional art forms of Dhokra craft and Saura art. Alongside creating opportunities for the state and its people through our manufacturing excellence and expansive supply chains, we are committed to preserving Odisha’s cultural heritage through its artforms. Our endeavours to enable the local artisans’ community through skill development, market linkage and financial support, are helping them earn a better livelihood and keep alive these beautiful artforms for future generations.”
Odisha represents Vedanta Aluminium’s single largest investment anywhere in the world, with a 2 MTPA world-class alumina refinery at Lanjigarh and a 1.8 MTPA mega aluminium smelter at Jharsuguda, making Odisha the ‘Aluminium Capital of India’. Through its expansive operations the company contributes almost 4% to Odisha’s GDP, and through its muti-pronged developmental interventions, the company has connected underserved communities to the socio-economic mainstream. Vedanta Aluminium’s unwavering commitment to the development of Odisha has resulted in significant progress in education, healthcare, livelihood, skill development, sports, art & culture, benefiting over 2.5 lakh individuals in more than 130 villages across Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Kalahandi, Rayagada, and nearby districts.
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.28 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
About Vedanta Limited:
Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.
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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
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