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President Droupadi Murmu Kicks Off Three-Day Odisha Visit, Inaugurates Santali Literary Festival

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President Droupadi Murmu commenced a significant three-day visit to Odisha with a grand arrival in Baripada, Mayurbhanj district, on Monday morning. The President’s itinerary focuses on cultural engagements and community events, with the inauguration of the 36th Annual Conference and Literary Festival of All India Santali Writers’ Association taking centre stage.

Arriving at the Police Lines in Baripada via an Indian Air Force helicopter, President Murmu was warmly received by Governor Raghubar Das, Union MoS for Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu (also the local MP), and state ST and SC Development Minister Jagannath Saraka.

The President wasted no time and proceeded directly to the inaugural session of the Santali Writers’ Association’s Literary Festival. The event, a celebration of Santali literature and culture, reflects President Murmu’s commitment to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages and traditions.

As the literary festival unfolds, President Droupadi Murmu’s presence is expected to amplify the significance of regional literary endeavours and highlight the diversity of voices within the country. Over the next three days, the President will continue to engage in various community events and inaugurations, contributing to the cultural and developmental fabric of the region.

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