Bhubaneswar: Rich tributes were paid to Utkal Gauraba Madhusudan Das, one of the greatest pioneers of modern Odisha, on his birth anniversary across the state today.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid tribute to the legendary leader.
A day long discussion was also held at Redcross Bhawan and a Cultural programme will be held at the Soochana Bhawan in the evening.
He was the first Odia to get a degree of M.A. B.L. from Calcutta University. He was also the founder of Utkal Sammilani, an architect of Odia movement and a pioneer in the field of industrial development.
Acclaimed as a great legislator and journalist, he was the first Odia to be the member of Legislative Council and Member of Central Legislative Assembly, besides being the first Odia to sail overseas.