28 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: The first ever graduate and legal luminary of Odisha, Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das, was commemorated by various social organisations on his birth anniversary today. On the occasion, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too tweeted, “I pay tributes to revolutionary who led the struggle for formation of a new State and recognition of the Odia language. His contributions towards textile, literature and society have been are unforgettable.”
Naveen Patnaik also paid floral tributes to the Madhu Babu statue near Governor House square in Bhubaneswar. Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal too paid his tributes to the revolutionary's statue early today morning. Later in the day, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reached the spot as well.
People visited Madhusudan Sangrahalaya and Madhusmruti on the premises of Saila Bala Women's College in Cuttack City to pay ributes to the legendary statesman. Apart from that, various social organisations offered tributes to Madhu Babu at his Samadhi at Gorakabar in Cuttack and his statue at Cantonment Road. Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik also sculpted a beautiful sculpture in memory of Utkal Gourab (Pride of Odisha).
Born on April 28, 1848, Madhu Babu was known as the architect of modern Odisha and one of the foremost modern thinkers of our country. He played a major role in the formation of the separate Odisha state and the freedom of expression, education, rural development and labour reforms.
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.
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" .