Prof. Chittaranjan Das
Professor Chittaranjan Das, also fondly called as “Chitta Bhai”, gave the true meaning of “Education” or “Vidya” as To instill a great character, a desire to serve the country and a thirst for God. Despite having excellent command over more than a dozen languages, including German, Danish Finnish, as well as Sanskrit, Pali, Urdu and Bengali, he wrote mostly in his mother tongue, Odia.
He is perhaps the most prolific writer of Odia non-fiction, with numerous diaries, essays, reviews, autobiographies, memoirs, columns, textbooks, and monographs. Utkal Gaurav derives great inspiration from the life and times of Prof. Das and his ideas about education.