Floral Tributes Paid To Madhu Babu On His 85th Death Anniversary, Know More About Him

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04 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Commemorating the 85th Shradotsav (death anniversary) of Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das (28 April 1848 – 4 February 1934), Odisha Chief Minister along with several other political leaders paid floral tributes to his Statue in Odisha Assembly before the commencement of Budget Session today.

The Chief Minister also tweeted, “I pay tributes to Utkal Gourab (pride of Odisha) Madhusudan Das on his death anniversary. His contributions towards textile, literature and society have been are unforgettable.”

Know more about the legendary statesman:

  • Known as the architect of modern Odisha, he was one of the foremost modern thinkers of our country.
  • He also fought for freedom of expression, education, rural development and labour reforms.
  • After completing his early education, he moved to Cuttack High School (later known as Ravenshaw Collegiate School) which offered English education. In 1864, he went to Calcutta University and in 1870, he became the first Odia to complete his B.A.
  • He earned his M.A. in 1873, and an LL.B degree in 1878, thus becoming the first scholar from Orissa to be thus educated.
  • He was a source of inspiration for the lawyers in Orissa and in India. His birth anniversary is observed to be a Lawyers' Day in the State.
  • He founded Utkal Sammilani which brought a revolution in the social and industrial development of Odisha.
  • By his long political fight, he united Odisha and modern Odisha took birth on 1 April 1936. This day is celebrated as Utkala Dibasa.
  • He founded the Utkal Tannery in 1905, a factory producing shoes and other leather products. In 1897 he founded the Orissa Art Ware Works. With his support, the Tarakasi (filigree) work of silver ornaments achieved commendable feet.
  • Apart from being a lawyer, political reformer, social worker, he was also a litterateur and had penned a number of articles and poems in both English and Odia. Some of his important poems are "Utkal Santan", "Jati Itihash" and "Jananira Ukti".
  • Madhusudan had adopted two Bengali girls; Sailabala Das and Sudhansubala Hazra. Sailabala was an educationist who had been trained in England, and in whose name the famous Sailabala Women's College of Cuttack was founded. Sudhansubala Hazra was also Bengali and she was the first female lawyer of British India.

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