Blogs by Sangram Keshari Senapati

Wednesday 7 September 2022

We organized Wikimania 2022 at Bhubaneswar

Sangram Keshari Senapati September 07, 2022 0
We organized Wikimania 2022 at Bhubaneswar
We organized Wikimania 2022 at Bhubaneswar

Wikimania is the Wikimedia Foundation's yearly celebration. After the COVID19 Pandemic, it was not physically possible, so we were given the opportunity to organize it locally in India this year. There were four events held in India, and we were one of them.

How it was started?

It was started on the 3rd of June 2022 with a call from Sailesh Patnaik. In the afternoon, Sailesh called me and asked me to apply for a grant to organize an event on behalf of Odia Wikimeidans User Group and he sent me two references.

There were just two hours to write, review and apply. So I just copied the budget from the 2018 event organized by Diptiman Bhai and increased it a little bit and sent him for a quick review. Then changed the status from draft to proposed.

Grant Approval:

It was the 4th of July, Sailesh messaged me to check my e-mail and also told me that, someone from the WMF team would contact me regarding the grant.

Immediately, I checked the e-mail and yes, our grant was approved. Then the process of conversation started and we started calling our fellow wikimedians of Odia and Santhali community.

The whole process took such a long time and by that time, I went to Delhi for some work. I was in Delhi, and at that time I got another e-mail and also a message from Rachit for a small meeting with the media team of WMF. 

I was unable to attend that meeting at that time due to my work time, so I seek help from Chinmayee Mishra (Chinu) and Subhasish Panigrahi (Subha bhai). They both saved me that day and within two to three days, we got the grant amount in the bank account.

Meeting with the Media Team of WMF

Event date Finalization:

After the approval of the grant, we had an online session with each other on Bahuda Yatra and finalized the date for the 13th and 14th of August. Most of us agreed on that day and the venue was decided for Bhubaneswar.

After receiving the grant amount, there was not much time for the event, and in the meantime, I was not here in Odisha. So, again Chinu was there to rescue me. She came to Bhubaneswar and started looking for the venue and after looking for more than 12 places within two days, we were confused with that exact place as per our budget.

During that time, I got another message from Rachit, that Dr. Manavpreet Kaur from the WMF would join us during the event. I met Manav in 2018 for the 1st time and then we met two more times. So, Manav helped us during the whole event.

They both decided on the venue and Chinu also called everyone to confirm their arrival. The next of our event was Independence day in India, so most of our friends couldn't come. So, we had planned for an online session for them also.

In the meantime, we took help from Subha bhai for the T-Shirt design, and Chinu also shorted that tension. Gyana bhai was also there in Bhubaneswar and they both had fixed almost everything.

The Day before the Event:

Everything was finalized for the event and Manav mam was coming in the morning on the 12th of August. Almost all was going well, but heavy rainfall started. That day Manav and Chinu did lots of work in that heavy rainfall.

I reached in the evening and by that time they both had finished almost everything. And I met both after almost three years. There were some other works to finish, so Chinu left for that and I joined Manav for to buy some gifts for the Guests. After that, we walked a few (kilo)meters and returned after roaming around.

Manavpreet Kaur tasting Odisha Gupchu in Bhubaneswar

That night, we were working up to 2 AM I think. Ramjit Tudu who worked both for Santhali Wikipedia and Odia Wikipedia came at around 4.30 that morning. 

Day 1:

Day 1 of the Bhubaneswar Wikimania started with heavy rainfall again. We had planned to start the event by 9.30 am, but due to heavy rain, most of our Wikimedians couldn't come in time. Mrutyunjay bhai and Sashank bhai reached by train and then others also joined and we started the meeting.

After the introduction session, the guest for the event, Manoj Kumar Mishra, the IT Secretary of Odisha joined us and we discussed lots of things and proposed some ideas for some collaborations with the government of Odisha.

Bhubaneswar Wikimania Cake

He was present for the cake cutting ceremony where the youngest wikimedians like Prateek Pattnaik and Ramjit Tudu cut the cake and Manoj sir left.

Wikimania Bhubaneswar

After that, we had our lunch and then discussed on the Community and some other kinds of stuff related to the Odia Wikimeians User Group.

Manav had discussed the Wikimedia Movement and described her role at the WMF. Some wikimedians also shared their experience. And the day 1 ended with a group photo for the news distribution.

After finishing everything it was my duty to contact the media persons for the news publication. Mrutyunjay bhai and Sashank bhai helped me to write news in Odia and then circulated the news for publication. It was published on two news portals like Dhenkanal Updates and KNews as well as in Prameya newspaper.

I met Nasim bhai after 7 years and Aditya bhai after 6 years. So, that night we had a long conversation with all.

Day 2:

The rainfall had increased as compared to the previous day, so the other wikimedians who promised to come on Sunday, couldn't join us. But Dr. Subas Chandra Rout joined the event for while with his son Sithikantha Rout, who is also a Wikimedian.

Before starting the sessions, I recorded a podcast with Murtyunjay Bhai for Gapufy, and you can listen to it on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavanAmazon Music, and on YouTube.

Subas sir shared his experience and then, we took a group photo with the Wikimania T-Shirt and also recorded the "Happy Birthday Wikidata" video. Sir left within an hour due to his health issues and the meeting continued. We discussed the issues we're facing on Odia Wikipedia and Snthali Wikimedians Ramjit and Durga shared their issues also.

Sangram Keshari Senapati with Mrutyunjay Kar and Dr. Subas Chandra Rout at Wikimania 2022, Bhubaneswar

As per everyone's approval, we got another admin for Odia Wikipedia, Soumendra bhai. Then, discussed the future plans as well as the community strategy.

After finishing lunch, it was time to end the session. And our local Wikimania ended with the same format followed by the Global event. Some of the Wikimedians joined Manav mam and ended the event with some steps of Odia Folk Songs. And we took another group photo before leaving the room.

Wikimania Bhubaneswar

After grabbing everything from that conference hall and saying bye to everyone it was time to distribute the news again. Manavpreet helped me to draft the news in English and Subha bhai shared the mail id for the newspapers. It took almost 3 hours to send and had a chat with them over call. But, nobody had published the news, because on 15th August, they got lots of ads and for news, there was no space.

Somehow we managed to contact some other portals and some digital news channels published some news videos on Social Media.

Any event couldn't finish without Rasagola and Chhenapoda. So after dinner, Chinu took Manav to the market and grabbed some Baked Rasagola for us. Manav was happy about the event and for the taste of Rasagola.

After the Event:

On the 15th of August, in the morning we joined the flag hoisting ceremony of the hotel, and then it was time to say bye to Manav. Chinu and I accompanied her to the Airport and she left for Chandigarh. Then, we both left for our home.

Manavpreet Kaur, Sangram Keshari Senapati, and Chinmayee Mishra celebrating Indian Independence day at Bhubanesawr

Wednesday 23 March 2022

83 Movie: The History Recreated Successfully

Sangram Keshari Senapati March 23, 2022 0
83 Movie: The History Recreated Successfully
83 Movie: The History Recreated Successfully

When Kapil Dev lifted the ICC Cricket Worldcup in 1983, I wasn't in this world. Actually, I came here after 12 years, but the 83 movie plays the role of a time machine and took me to that time and kept me there for some hours, days.

Kapil Dev and Ranveer Singh in 83 Movie

Yesterday, finally I watched the 83 Movie on OTT and I could say, what a movie it is. For the 1st time, when I watched the trailer, I was thrilled and after watching the movie, I'm speechless.

I was searching Ranveer Singh but found Kapil Dev there and surprisingly the Legend Kapil Dev was also there sitting in the audience. The movie is around 2 hours and 48 minutes long and I was looking for some more clips.

Kapil Dev teaching his style of cricke to Ranveer Singh

The way every character portrayed their role, is really commendable and I should have watched the movie in 3D for the real-time experience.

The creators worked really hard to recreate every moment from the shots of Kapil Dev while breaking the world record to running from the stadium, lifting the WorldCup. They have placed some real clips which made the movie realistic.

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Is Daredevil returning to MCU with Spider-Man: No Way Home?

Sangram Keshari Senapati December 15, 2021 0
Is Daredevil returning to MCU with Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Is Daredevil returning to MCU with Spider-Man: No Way Home?
Image source: The Direct

For months, there was a rumor that Charlie Cox is returning to MCU in his Daredevil character? Is here really returning to MCU with Spider-Man: No Way Home?

And the answer is YES. Yes, he is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a lawyer of Peter Parker. Yes, the guess was right, he was the one who came to meet Peter at the police custody.

How I'm saying this? According to a leaked review of Spider-Man: No Way Home, it's confirmed that the other two spidermen along with Daredevils would return through this movie.

After previously portraying Daredevil on Netflix, Kevin Feige, the director of MCU also has revealed that Charlie Cox will reprise his role as Matt Murdock in the MCU.

Kingpin AKA Wilson Fisk also returning to MCU through the Hawkeye series on Disney+. The actor Vincent D'Onofrio who has played the role of Kingpin in the Netflix series had tweeted about the show and from that, it's possible of his return.

Let's wait for the movie which is going to release on the 16th of December. And watch this exclusive clip of Spiderman and Doctor Strange from the movie.

N.B.: This blog is based on a movie review video of a critic on YouTube who had attended the premiere.

Thursday 9 December 2021

RRR Trailer Review: SS Rajamouli brings a power-packed film starring Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt

Sangram Keshari Senapati December 09, 2021 0
RRR Trailer Review: SS Rajamouli brings a power-packed film starring Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt

RRR stands for Rise Roar Revlot, a periodical drama from 1920 based on Indian freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem. Here is my review of the trailer of RRR.

RRR Trailer Review- SS Rajamouli brings a power-packed film starring Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt

SS Rajamouli brings a power-packed film starring Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt in the lead role.

Today while I was scrolling the timeline on YouTube, I found the RRR Telugu trailer, and instantly I have watched this one. Then, search for the Hindi Trailer and found by the Pen Movies.

Young Tiger Jr NTR fighting with real tiger in RRR film by SS Ramouli

Trust me, it gave me goosebumps while watching this movie. I'm watching Rajmouli sir since Magadheera and the style, action, VFX, everything has changed now. Ajay Devgan is the master of that I think since Tanaji we have watched the level of VFX with Ajay Devgan Films and it's obvious that they must have done this with that perfect.

You can take a screenshot of every scene from the trailer and could make a wallpaper. That speaks the level of this film. Some people may complain about Physics and logic, for them I must say, Shut Up. Just enjoy the movie and keep your notebook for the class.

The Telugu dialogues are more impactful, just because of their language may be. But the overall trailer is really awesome. Waiting for the movie now.

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Read the 83 Trailer review.

Illegal Season 2 Review: Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra and Akshay Oberoi’s Legal Drama

Sangram Keshari Senapati December 09, 2021 0
Illegal Season 2 Review: Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra and Akshay Oberoi’s Legal Drama
Illegal Season 2 Review: Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra and Akshay Oberoi’s Legal Drama

The 2nd season of Illegal is released on the 25 of November in 2021 on Voot Select. This legal-drama series features Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra, Akshay Oberoi, Satyadeep Mishra, and Parul Gulati from the previous season in prominent roles. Some new actors were also introduced in this season. Here are my thoughts on this season, which I've finished watching.

During the 2nd lockdown, I had watched the 1st season of this Illegal - Justice, Out of Order. The 1st impression of this series was really good. Though I'm not a big fan of Neha, but she nailed it with her character Niharika Singh.

At the end of the first season, it was predicted that a new season would come. But the 2nd season had not continued exactly from that. It skipped lots of things. Janardan Jetitley is a Rajyasabha Member now and he has the wish to become the CM of Delhi.

Niharika had started her own law firm and trying to grab attention with some high-profile cases, etc. She is the mad lawer and for that, she could do anything.

The screenplay of this season runs quite faster and at some point, it's slower than required. But the overall season is good, not great in comparison to season 1. They announced the next season also, but I think this won't continue exactly at the end of season 1.

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Read the 83 Trailer review.

Wednesday 1 December 2021

83 Trailer Review: Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev took us to the 1983 Cricket World Cup

Sangram Keshari Senapati December 01, 2021 0
83 Trailer Review: Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev took us to the 1983 Cricket World Cup
83 Trailer Review: Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev took us to the 1983 Cricket World Cup

For days, I was waiting for the 83 movie trailer. And finally, it's here. Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev took us to the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

I was not born in that era. I never see Kapil Dev playing on the ground. But, it seems like we saw that young Kapil Dev there. And the ascent used in the movie is really awesome. I saw all characters playing their role very neat and clean.

Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree, and Pankaj Tripathi also star in the film. Romi, Kapil Dev’s wife, will be played by Deepika Padukone.

I'm excited about the movie. I might not watch this in theaters, because it's not available here. Have to watch it on TV or Computer only.

Monday 4 October 2021

Free Guy Movie Review

Sangram Keshari Senapati October 04, 2021 0
Free Guy Movie Review

Free Guy Moview Review by Sangram Keshari Senapati

Free Guy is an American science fiction action comedy film released in 2021. Of course, I've watched it in Hindi, which is also going to release on DisneyPlus on the 15th of October in 2021. Here is my review of this film.

Ryan Reynolds has played the main character of this movie who also produced it. Ryan Reynolds is one of my favorite actors after Deadpool. When we're talking about action, he is good at it. Recently in Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, we saw him in action and this film is more than that.

A few months back, I had watched the trailer of Free Guy, but couldn't get time to watch it. Somehow yesterday, I got the chance to watch it and saw it in Hindi. I don't have any idea about the voice artist of this character in Hindi, but it's similar to Hritik Roshan and he did it quite well.

The story of this film is based on a video game, where the main protagonist, our "Guy" who doesn't have a name was made to do a boring bank job. But one day he met his dream girl and decided to change his life and started upgrading himself.

At the same time, in the real world, one Game making company has stolen this game and remodified it with his idea. The creator of this game, Millie (played by Jodie Comer) was searching for proof and her partner compromised and was working in that company.

In the game world, our Free Guy started loving that girl who is an actual player. He started loving her, they both spent time in different places. The creator of the game Millie is that player whom the Guy use to love.

In the real world, the Guy got famous as "Blue Shirt Guy" and people started loving him. Before that gamers use to kill all non-playing characters without any reason, but after that, they started loving them.

Millie and her partner came to know that the Blue Shirt Guy is not a player, he is a non-playing character who upgraded himself by falling in love. Their original game was designed in that way, which means the company which released the game used their code.

The company that released this game, "Free City" was in the process to release the 2nd Part of the game, where they planned to replace all the characters from part1, which means the Blue Shirt Guy won't be a part of the new game. Millie told this to him and asked him to save his city.

People started to love this game because of this Blue Shirt Guy, so they don't book for the 2nd part, so the owner of the company decided to reset the game and Guy lost all his memories. But Millie kissed him, and his memory returned back, because this character was made in such a way that, he would upgrade himself in love.

The twist of this film is the last fight with DUDE (also played by Ryan Reynolds). They have used Captain America Shield and the hand of Hulk. Chris Evans, the actor playing the role of Captain America has done a cameo also.

Overall this film is a good movie and I would give a four-star to it. One star would deduct for the plot, but the screenplay and action scenes covered up everything.

Saturday 31 July 2021

Toofan Movie Review

Sangram Keshari Senapati July 31, 2021 0
Toofan Movie Review
Movie Review of Toofan  by Sangram Keshari Senapati

On the 16th of July, the new Hindi film Toofan starring Farhan Akhtar, Paresh Rawal, and Mrunal Thakur was released on Amazon Prime. Due to some work, I couldn't watch this film earlier, so I watched it on the 27th of July after watching Hungama-2 on the 23rd. Here is my movie review.

The film is based on Aziz Alli, a street fighter known as Ajju Bhai from Dongri aka Dubai of India. He wanted to live a respectful life, so choose to become a boxer. Nana Prabhu, a top boxing coach trained him and made him the state champion. The Nana came to know about Aziz's love affair with his daughter; so he insulted him and threw him out.

Then Aziz Alli aka Toofan choose to marry his girlfriend, but at the same time he had chosen to live a luxurious life with his wife, so fixed a match for money. The fixing story came out and got a ban for 5 years.

After 5 years, he struggled again to come back to the boxing ring and the whole story is based on this. It's quite similar to Sultan starring Salman Khan and Farhan's own film Milkha Singh. But the attractive and interesting part of the film is Farhan Akhtar's acting, body transformation, and Paresh Rawal sir's acting.

The film could be a shorter one, but overall it's a good movie and yes worthy watching. For this film, I would give it 4 stars. One star for Farhan's acting and the other three for the music, storytelling, and presentation.

Hungama 2 Movie Review

Sangram Keshari Senapati July 31, 2021 0
Hungama 2 Movie Review
Movie Review of Hungama 2  by Sangram Keshari Senapati

On the 23rd of July, the new movie Hungama 2 has released on Disney+ Hotstar. That day, I've watched this movie, but due to some work, couldn't write my review on it.

The main reason for me to watch this movie is Pranitha Subhash. So, that day only I watched the movie.

Pranitha debuted in Hindi Film Industry aka Bollywood through this movie and part from her, actors like Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty, Meezaan Jafri, Rajpal Yadav, Tiku Talsania, Ashutosh Rana, and Manoj Joshi are there. Akshaye Khanna appeared twice and Johnny Lever in a small role.

The whole plot of the movie is based on the old love story of Akku played by Meezaan Jafri. Pranitha had a baby girl whose DNA also matches with Akku. Paresh sir again this time confused about his wife's affair.

The story is not that interesting as compared to the old one; it's a one-time watch film. I would give this film a 3 Star; one for Pranitha, and two for the comedy, confusing plot, music and cinematography of the movie.

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Shubhodaya Raja Special edition - Odia e-Magazine

Sangram Keshari Senapati June 16, 2021 0
Shubhodaya Raja Special edition - Odia e-Magazine

From 2020 Durga Puja, we are publishing the monthly editions of Shubhodaya on every Sankranti. Here is the 9th edition and we shared some basic details of images that we placed in this Raja special edition.

Shubhodaya 9th edition Cover photo by Sambeet Das

The Cover photo of the 9th edition of #Shubhodaya has been designed by Sambeet Das, our main designer from Team Shubhapallaba. The concept is based on Raja Parba and the color combination and art define it all.

Raja Poda Pitha and Saja baja

Raja Parba, a unique festival celebrated in Odisha dedicated to womanhood. People may criticize our culture as Superstition or blind faith, but there is a scientific reason behind every belief. This festival is the perfect example. So, we placed this Image in Shubhodaya which described all preparation.

Food on wheel for Raja Parba

This time, the Govt. of Odisha also delivered Poda Pitha for Raja Parba. Here is one image by Manas Muduli sir placed in the 9th edition of Shubhodaya.

Mehendi Design for Raja Parba

Mehendi, is our traditional design to decorate hands, palms. Previously we're using different kinds of natural flowers and leaves, but not ready-made products are available. So, we used this photo from our writer friend Sushree in the 9th edition of Shubhodaya.

Alata Pindha Kuni Pada for Raja Parba

Alata, a red liquid color women and girls use to put on their feet to decorate. Now ready-made bottles are available. Here is the cute feet decorated by Alata taken from our writer friend Seenu Mohapatra placed in the 9th Edition of Shubhodaya.

Indian chess player Padmini Rout on Raja Parba by wearing Alata.

She doesn't need any introduction, she is our favorite Padmini Rout and you would definitely love this photo of her with red Alata for Raja Parba. She is looking absolutely beautiful in this photo.

Raja Poda Pitha by Biswa Ranjan Sahoo

Poda Pitha, (ପୋଡ଼ ପିଠା) is a delicious Odia sweet delicacy served as snacks. It is the Godfather of Pithas in Odisha and famous for Raja Parba. This photo has been placed in the 9th edition of Shubhodaya taken from our writer friend Biswa Ranjan Sahoo.

Delicious Poda Pitha for Raja Sankranti

Look, how yummy this plate is looking. We love this Poda Pitha image, so placed this one in the 9th Edition of Shubhodaya. By the way, this photo is taken from Lipika Mohapatra.

Raja Pana by Lipsa Mohapatra

Raja Parba is incomplete without Pana and here we got one beautiful click of Pana Phul holding by the beautiful hand of Lipsa Mohapatra, our Puri girl. So, placed this one in the 9th edition of Shubhodaya.

Raja Parba wishes from Chandrakanti Pradhan while she was doing her COVID19 Duty as a nurse

While combining all the images, I found this one on my WhatsApp status, and look what she is trying to convey. In this image, we can feel the pain of her and her love for our culture. Chandrakanti is our regular writer and we always love her.

Soumya Mohapatra at Kalinga TV premises while celebrating Raja Praba in 2021

Like Poda Pitha, Pana, Doli is the most important thing of this festival. I couldn't find a more beautiful photo like this. Here is Saumya mam on Raja Doli.

Beautiful woman art by Bijay Biswaal for Raja Parba

Raja Parba is celebrated for womanhood and how could we prepare a magazine on Raja without a photo of Bijay Biswaal sir! So, placed this beautiful woman at the end of the 9th edition of Shubhodaya.