Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid humble tributes to Pandit Nilamani Vidyaratna, one of the founding fathers of Odisha, on his birth anniversary.
ସ୍ଵତନ୍ତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଗଠନର ଅନ୍ୟତମ ପୁରୋଧା, ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ ପଣ୍ଡିତ ନୀଳମଣି ବିଦ୍ୟାରତ୍ନଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ମୋର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା, ସାହିତ୍ୟର ପ୍ରସାର ଓ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ସହିତ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ ଦୀପିକା’, ‘ପ୍ରଜାବନ୍ଧୁ’ ପରି ପତ୍ରିକାର ସମ୍ପାଦନା କରି ସେ ଛାଡିଯାଇଥିବା ଛାପ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ପ୍ରେରଣାଦାୟୀ। pic.twitter.com/GGTkEjxLF4
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) December 14, 2019
Pandit Nilamani Vidyaratna was a social reformer, freedom fighter and influential journalist. He had laid the foundation for the struggle of the formation of Odisha and dreamt for Odia language.
Born on 14 December 1867 in village Brajabeharipur near Banki in Cuttack district, Vidyaratna made immense contribution to the field of literature and journalism.
He took over as the editor of the literary magazine, Sambalpur Hitaishini in 1887. He was also the editor of the prestigious Odia weekly, Utkala Dipika.
He breathed his last on 26 July 1923.