Harekrushna Mahatab Jayanti: Naveen Pays Tribute To Former Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha Chief Minister Dr. On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Harekrishna Mahtab, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid tribute to the eminent politician.Describing Mehtab as a distinguished freedom fighter, the Odisha CM took to Twitter and remembered his contribution to the development of the state and also his contribution in the field of journalism and literature.
Harekrushna Mahatab (21 November 1899 – 2 January 1987) was a leader of the Indian National Congress, a notable figure in the Indian independence movement and the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1946 to 1950 and again from 1956 to 1961. He was popularly known by the sobriquet “Utkal Keshari”.
Born on 21 November, 1899, in Agarpara village of Orissa’s Balasore district, Mahatab was given the surname of his maternal grandfather.
After enrolling at Cuttack’s Ravenshaw College for graduation, a young Mahatab left his studies midway and joined the INC. His presence as an observer at the 1920 Calcutta and Nagpur sessions of the INC left a deep imprint on his mind and was the determining factor behind joining the party.
He was the President of Orissa Sahitya Academy and Sangit Natak Academy for a couple of terms. He received an honorary Doctorate degree from Andhra University, an honorary D.Litt. from Utkal University and an honorary Doctorate of Law from Sagar University.[11][12]
The Odisha State Central Library, the Apex Library of the State Public Library System of Odisha is named after him as Harekrushna Mahtab State Library. It is established in 1959 with a majestic building of around 16000 sq.ft. Carpet area, enshrined within a beautiful land of 3 acres in a prime location of Capital City of Bhubaneswar.

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