Cuttack: Former Chief Minister and legendary Odia leader Biju Patnaik’s house in Cuttack, Anand Bhawan has turned into a museum now. Once a centre for political activity, today Anand Bhawan houses the memories of the leader’s personal and political life.
In January 2015, Biju babu’s sons- chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Delhi based Prem Patnaik had transferred the ownership of the Tulsipur based house to district administration. The house has now transformed into a museum and library. Though there were plans to unveil the museum today on the occasion of his 20th death anniversary, there are some final touches left for the site to open for public.
Anand Bhawan has been turned into a museum with a budget of around Rs 1 crore. The completely air conditioned house has five galleries in this first phase. Each showcases a different aspect of the leader’s life like his early childhood, personal life, political life, time in prison and so on. These galleries have been made out of five rooms in the ground floor of the house.
As in the case of Netaji Subhash Bose’s house or revered leader Madhusudan Das’ house in SB Women’s college, Biju babu’s house museum includes the items of daily life he used like furniture, books, cycle, clothes. Among other highlights one can spot the Jeep he used known as Kalinga Ratha and the engine of his helicopter displayed in the galleries.
Science Park: While a fountain has been set up in the space in front of Anand Bhawan, a science park is being planned to be set up in the area behind the house which is around 2400 square metres.
E-library: The first floor of the house has been made into a public library. One of the rooms here will be converted into an e-library that has 21 computers. The process to make the books here available online is underway.