Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid tribute to Ramakrushna Nanda on his birth anniversary on Saturday.
The Odisha CM took to Twitter and wrote:
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ ରାମକୃଷ୍ଣ ନନ୍ଦଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ଓ ସାହିତ୍ୟକୁ ଋଦ୍ଧିମନ୍ତ କରୁଥିବା ଝୁମୁକା, ତୁଳସୀଦାସ, ବିଶ୍ୱ ପରିଚୟ ଏବଂ ‘ଆହେ ଦୟାମୟ ବିଶ୍ଵ ବିହାରୀ’ ଭଳି କାଳଜୟୀ ରଚନାଗୁଡିକ ତାଙ୍କୁ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ କରି ରଖିବ। pic.twitter.com/b2SFSbx4pR
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) February 15, 2020
Ramakrushna Nanda was born on February 15, 1906, at Bairoi in Cuttack. He was an author of children’s literature.
He composed the song Ahe Dayamaya Biswa Bihari, a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram. This song was included in his Odia-language textbook Sahitya Sopana.
Nanda began his career as a teacher at Banki school. He was then, for six years, an assistant teacher at Baripada high school.
In 1933, he became a social worker and began a local welfare organisation called Narayan Samiti. He was also a headmaster at Bhingarpur high school.
Nanda’s first textbook in the Odia language was Sahitya Sopana. In 1946, he left his job and came back to Cuttack. On 21 July 1947, Nanda opened Parijata press. In August 1952, he began the Sansar magazine. The press closed in 1961. In retirement, Nanda wrote children’s books and songs.
Nanda’s lyrics for Aahe Dayamaya Bishwa Bihari and Holi Holi Re Holi Ranga Rangeli Nali were used in the 1978 film, ‘Balidaan’.