Bhubaneswar: People of the state celebrated Odisha day with great fervour, with all major government buildings such as the assembly, secretariat and many others illuminated and a variety of cultural shows, food festivals, photo exhibitions and competitions held across the state.
The state government organised a colourful programme in the evening at Utkal Mandap to celebrate the Utkal Divas.
Students and achievers from all over the state were felicitated and awarded at the function.
The Kalinga Association for Protection of Culture and Heritage (KAPOCH) celebrated Utkal Divas by organising a grand event at Baramunda Ground here. Bollywood singer Kailash Kher performed on the occasion.
Coinciding with the birth anniversary of Odisha, the state police also celebrated its foundation day. A state-level function was organised in Cuttack.
Apart from the twin cities, all districts, too, observed the Utkal Divas with fanfare. School children took out colourful processions to celebrate the event.