Krushna Chandra Panigrahi

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Krushna Chandra Panigrahi
Born (1909-12-01)1 December 1909
Khiching, Mayurbhanj, Odisha
Died 1987 (aged 77–78)
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Oriya
Education M. A. (Ancient History, Sanskrit)
Alma mater Utkal University
University of Calcutta
Occupation Archeologist
Children 4
Awards Padma Shri

Krushna Chandra Panigrahi was born in 1 December 1909 in a village known as Khiching in the Mayurbhanj district in Odisha state of India.[1] He grew up in a poor family and lost his parents at an early age.

The village Khiching was the capital of a glorious kingdom ruled by Bhanjdeo dynasty for a long time. Khiching village retains the archaeological remains of the kingdom. Young Krushna Chandra was inspired by the archaeological remains of the kingdom.

Krushna Chandra faced great obstacles in his education. He could start his primary education at the age of 15 only.He was a brilliant student and managed to get scholarships to continue his education.

He completed his B.A in History from Ravenshaw College under Utkal University and M.A & PHD in History & Sanskrit from Calcutta university.

Krushna Chandra Panigrahi was an eminent Archaeologist.He was a research scholar in the archaeological department of Government of India from 1937 to 1944.He also worked in Orissa Museum as an Archaeologist from 1947 to 1951.

He had an eminent career in archaeology in the department of Archaeology, Government of India(Presently Archeological Survey Of India - ASI ) from 1954 to 1961 as Assistant Superintendent & Superintendent.

Krushna Chandra Panigrahi was a notable historian, archaeologist and literary expert from Orissa. He has authored a large number of articles and books to History & Archeology. In English books his name is mentioned as KRISHNA CHANDRA PANIGRAHI.

His English book Archeological Remains at Bhubaneswar is a masterpiece and has received international recognition. It was a text book in London School of Arts.

For his contribution to Oriya literature, he has received several awards from Orissa Sahitya Academy. He received Padmashree, an award by Government of India for his contribution to History & Archaeology. Some people refer to it as INDOLOGY.

Krushna Chandra Panigrahi died in 1987 at the age of 78 years.He had a sad personal life.He had three sons and two daughters.However,He was survived by one son,two daughters and his wife Taramani.


  1. ^ Kar, Bauribandhu. "Dr. Krishna Chandra Panigrahi : A Master of Modern Odia Prose". Govt. of Odisha. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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