Bhubaneswar, Feb 4 (LocalWire): Born on 28th April,1848 at Satyabhamapur, Madhusudan Das, the Utkal Gourav or the Pride of Utkal (Odisha), belonged to a family of Zamindars. Madhusudan Das, known as Madhu Barrister, was a man of firsts.
Das was the first Odia to have completed his graduation, the first Odia advocate, and the first one to travel to England.
He was also the first Odia Minister. As a lawyer, journalist, politician and social reformer, Das worked towards the political, social and economic development of Odisha. He was also the Founder of the Utkal Sammilani.
After completing his early education from Satyabhamapur, he started his schooling at Cuttack High School. In 1864, he moved to Calcutta to pursue his higher education. Further, he completed his Masters in Arts along with an L.L.B, becoming the first Odia Barrister.
Das started his legal practice after returning to Odisha in 1881. With a proper insight in the field, he started his political career in 1919 as a member of the legislative council of Bihar and Odisha.
Owing to Das’ efforts towards uniting Odisha, modern Odisha was born on 1st April, 1936.
Das also played a key role in the upliftment of social and industrial sectors of Odisha. He founded the Utkal Tannery and Odisha Art Ware Works to boost the reach of silver filigree works.
Apart from this, Das has also performed well as a writer and poet. He penned poems like “Utkal Santan”, “Jati Itihas” and “Jananira Ukti.”
However, in February 1934, due to an internal injury in his intestines, Das passed away. However, the people of Odisha have not forgotten his contribution towards their state and have been celebrating his birthday as the Lawyer’s Day ever since his death.
Edited by Meenal Singh