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Portal:Orissa/Selected biography/1 Sanjukta Panigrahi (24 August 1944 – 24 June 1997) was a dancer of India, who was the foremost exponent of Indian classical dance Orissi. Sanjukta was the first Oriya girl to embrace this ancient classical dance at an early age and ensure its grand revival.

In recognition of her contribution to dancing and associated activities, she was honoured with one of India's highest civilian awards the, Padma Shri (1975). She is also recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1976.

Apart from presenting Orissi performances in different parts of India, Sanjukta Panigrahi has been a part of Government’s cultural delegation to different countries, including to the USA and the Philippines (1969), United Kingdom (1983), Israel, Delphi International Festival in Greece (1989). She has also performed in France for eleven weeks, and participated there in the International Music Festival at Paris.


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Subhas Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose (Bengali: সুভাষচন্দ্র বসু, Oriya- ସୁଭାଷ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ବୋଷ; born January 23, 1897; presumed to have died August 18, 1945 although this is disputed), popularly known as Netaji (literally "Respected Leader"), was a leader in the Indian independence movement.

Bose was born in Cuttack in the then Bengal Presidency on January 23, 1897. He had his schooling in Cuttack and graduated from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He topped the province in the university exams. He also topped the Civil services examinations and was appointed mayor of Calcutta.

Bose participated in the Indian independence movement right from the 1930s. He elected president of the Indian National Congress for two consecutive terms but resigned from the post following ideological conflicts with Mahatma Gandhi. Bose believed that Mahatma Gandhi's tactics of non-violence would never be sufficient to secure India's independence, and advocated violent resistance. He established a separate political party, the All India Forward Bloc and continued to call for the full and immediate independence of India from British rule. He was imprisoned by the British authorities 11 times. At the onset of the war, he escaped from house arrest in India and travelled to the Soviet Union, Germany and Japan, seeking help in forming an anti-British alliance. With Japanese assistance, he re-organised and later led the Indian National Army, formed from Indian prisoners-of-war and plantation workers from British Malaysia, Singapore, and other parts of Southeast Asia, against British forces. The Indian National Army, or the INA, as it was popularly known, followed the trail of Japanese soldiers and reached upto Kohima on the Indian border. However, they were stopped at the Indian border by troops of the British Indian army and faced a crushing defeat at the Battle of Imphal.

Bose is believed to have died under mysterious cricumstances on 18 August 1945 in a plane crash over Taiwan while flying on a mission to Japan.


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Giridharilal Kedia

Giridharilal Kedia (Hindi: गिरिधारिलाला केदिया Oriya: ଗିରିଧାରିଲାଲ କେଡ଼ିଆ) (25 August 1936 – 19 December 2009) was an Indian businessman and entrepreneur. He served the Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack for 12 years as the Working President and Trustee. Kedia was also the founder and chairman of Image Institute of Technology & Management. He was awarded the Samaj Gaurav award for his service. He was also awarded the Theater Movement Award by Global Peace Organization. Kedia was also a Lions Club District Governor for the years 1981-1982 for the undivided district 322C.


Portal:Orissa/Selected biography/4 Biju Patnaik (Oriya: ବିଜୁ ପଟନାୟଵକ) (5 March 1916–17 April 1997) was an Indian politician. Also known as Biju Babu. Son of Lakshminarayan and Ashalata Patnaik, Bijayananda Patnaik was born in Cuttack, Orissa (India) on March 5, 1916.


Portal:Orissa/Selected biography/5 Sir Annepu Parasuramdas Patro KCIE (Oriya: ଅନ୍ନେପୁ ପରସୁରମ୍ଦସ ପତ୍ରୋ) (1875 or 1876-1946) was an Oriya politician, zamindar and education minister in the erstwhile Madras Presidency.

Patro was born in a rich and powerful family of Berhampur, Madras Presidency. He did his schooling in Berhampur and graduated in law from Madras Christian College. Patro actively participated in the Oriya Movement and was a member of the Indian National Congress and later, the Justice Party. In 1920, he was elected to the Madras Legislative Council and served as the Minister of Public Works and Education from 1921 to 1926. In 1937, Patro was elected to the Orissa Legislative Council. He served as Speaker of the Assembly for a short time until his death in 1946.

It was during Patro's tenure that the Andhra University was established. Patro was also responsible for creating the existing administrative system of Madras University.



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