Bhubaneshwar, May 18: Over 70 lakh people in 17,200 centres across the world partook meals on the occasion of the 5th anniversary celebration of ‘Art of Giving’ on May 17, 2018. Art of Giving (AOG)–a philosophy of life to spread the peace and happiness among the people in the society-was founded on May 17, 2013 by Prof. Achyuta Samanta, an eminent educationist, social activist, social reformer and Founder of KIIT & KISS. Since then, this day is celebrated as International Day of Art of Giving every year.
In Odisha, 35 lakh people partook meals at 6,500 centres, covering 4,000 Panchayats, all Block headquarters, NACs and Municipalities. In Bhubaneswar, the celebration was inaugurated by Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar (North), Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Ajay Agrawal, District Governor, Lions Club and Prof. Achyuta Samanta. This was stated in a press release.