CM Naveen Pays Tribute To Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das On Birth Anniversary


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid tributes to freedom fighter and social reformer Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das on his birth anniversary.



Gopabandhu Das popularly known as ‘Utkalmani’ (Gem of Odisha) was born October 9, 1877 in a noble Brahmin family in Suando village located on the banks of Bhargabhi River in Puri district. His father’s name was Shree Daitari Dash and his mother’s name was Swarnamayee Devi.
Das completed his B.A. from Ravenshaw College in 1904 and later completed B.L. from Calcutta University in 1906.

He was known for his selfless service to the poor and downtrodden people of Odisha. He had contributed immensely in the national struggle towards achieving freedom.

Later, Das served as a member of Vidhan Sabha of Bihar and Odisha from 1917 to 1921.

As an administrator, he took several initiatives for the upliftment of the people of Odisha suffering from recurrent natural calamities such as flood, cyclone and famines as well as social evils such as illiteracy, poverty and disease. Pandit Gopabandhu Das also started Odia newspaper ‘Samaja’ which started publication October 04, 1919.

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