on 1st of April 2021, Odisha will celebrate its 85th foundation day. The day is also known as ‘Utkal Divas’. The Utkal Divas marks the date when the state became independent in 1936.

  • The day also known as Utkala Dibasa or Odisha Day is celebrated on 1st of April every year.
  • Utkal Divas is celebrated in the memory of the struggle for achieving a separate identity for the state that was once part of Kalinga ruled by emperor Ashok, and later by Kharavela.
  • The state became India’s first independent state on a language basis on 1st of April 1936, i.e. 85 years ago.
  • After a long struggle of more than 3 centuries, Odisha became a separate province.
  • Odisha was carved out of the combined Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province.
  • Odisha is usually celebrated through various public events. However, the Covid 19 pandemic has affected the celebrations this year and the day will be celebrated in a low-key manner.


As of 2019, Odisha (formerly Orissa) has 30 districts and it is the 8th largest state of the country by area and 11th largest by population. The neighboring states of Odisha are Andhra Pradesh to the south, Chhattisgarh to the west, and West Bengal and Jharkhand to the north.

Utkal Divas 2021 Odisha celebrates 85th foundation day Utkal Divas 2021 Odisha celebrates 85th foundation day