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KRUSHNA CHANDRA PANIGRAHI

........................Krushna Chandra Panigrahi took birth in a village called Khiching in the district of Mayurbhanj. He lost his parents while he was a teenager. When he was at the age of 15 he started his primary education after much delay. He studied in Karanjia English Medium School and Baripada High School. After passing from the school in 1931 he studied in Revenshaw College. He passed his BA (in History Honours) from Revenshaw College in the year 1935. After that he passed his MA in Ancient History and Sanskrit in 1937 from Calcutta by the help of King of Mayurbhanj. Later he achieved his doctorate degree from Calcutta University in 1954.

........................Getting inspired from the King of Mayurbhanj he took up his research in the Archaeological Department of Indian government at Delhi from 1937 to 1944. During this period he gained experience by taking part in different archeological diging works and works carried out in the museums. Till 1944 he had almost led a student life. After returning from Delhi he joined as a lecturer in History in Gangadhar Meher College. He became the ‘curator’ of Orissa Museum from 1947 to 1951. Then he became the History lecturer of Revenshaw College from 1951 to 1954. Then from 1954 to 1961 he worked in the Archaeology department of India government as an Asst. Superintendent and Superintendent. He became the Reader of Revenshaw College from 1961 to 1968. Just 10 days before his retirement he was promoted as a Professor. After his retirement he became the Lecturer of History in Berhampur University. He retired from Berhampur University. In 1972 he was selected by University Grants Commission to do his research in Revenshaw College. He spent his last moments of his life in Cuttack. He got married in 1931. He was had two sons and two daughters. He wrote and published the following books: Bharata Prantatatwa (Indian Archaeology)(1960), Archaeological Remains of Bhubaneswar (English)(1961), Archaeology of Orissa (English)(1961), Itihasa o Kimbadanti (1964), Prabhanda Manas (1972), Orissa ra Sanskriti o Itihasa re Jajpur (1973), Sarala Sahitya re Aitihasika Chitra (1976), History of Orissa (English)(1981).

........................He was an eminent essayist. He used to write regularly in the magazines like Shankh, Jhankar, Dagar, Nabajiban etc. He also wrote many columns in various English magazines. The Orissa Sahitya Academy honored him in 1975 and his autobiography “Mo Samaya Ra Orissa” was awarded in 1983. He was also honored by other institutions. He received the honor of ‘Padmashree’ from India government in 1976. He had placed the art and sculpture of Orissa in front of the whole world. He was involved in the archeological digging work of Sishupalgarh of Orissa and discovered many elementary facts. According to Madala Panji he had found the time of Orissa’s royal family. His contribution for the growth and development of the Orissa museum is unforgettable. He was the authority of many historical magazines. He was a world famous archaeologist and historian. His contribution towards Oriya history is worth praising. His involvement and contribution towards the growth and development of Oriya literature, culture, history and archaeology is very rarely seen.


Dated : 4/27/02

 



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