| Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda pays tribute to a statue of Madhusudan Das at Orissa High Court in Cuttack on Saturday. Picture by Badrika Nath Das |
Cuttack/Bhubaneswar, April 28: People across Odisha today remembered Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das, the architect of the Odisha province, on his 164th birth anniversary.
A series of programmes were held to celebrate the occasion in Cuttack, where Madhu babu, as the leader was fondly known, spent most of his life.
The day was observed as Lawyers’ Day, as Madhu babu was the first Odia law graduate.
Madhu babu’s illustrious career as a lawyer was highlighted at a meeting held by the Odisha High Court Bar Association. The Central Administrative Tribunal’s former vice-chairman Manoranjan Mohanty said Madhu babu, who was the first Odia law graduate and a legal luminary, was a source of inspiration for lawyers in the state.
Senior lawyers, including Odisha High Court Bar Association president and former advocate-general Jayant Das, recalled Das’s contributions.
Earlier, Chief Justice V. Gopala Gowda and other judges paid floral tributes to Madhu babu, who is popularly known as “Madhu Barrister”, on the court premises.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Bhubaneswar Bar Association, Justice Laxmikanta Mohapatra of Orissa High Court advised lawyers to carry out their work in a dignified manner. Criticising the way advocates in Sambalpur protested against the district collector on April 23, he said the lawyers should exercise their right to protest, but go about it in a dignified way. “While protesting, we should not affect the court proceedings and the public should not lose their respect towards us,” said Justice Mohapatra.
District judge Debraj Rout, Bhubaneswar Bar Association president S.S.K. Subudhi and others highlighted the life of Madhu babu with special reference to his success stories as a lawyer in British-ruled India. They advised lawyers to be dedicated to their career and be sincere like Madhu babu.
Floral tributes were paid to Madhu babu at his cemetery in Cuttack and his residence on Mission Road, where he resided from 1889 till his death in February 1934.
Union Club in Cuttack displayed 20-odd paintings on Madhu babu made by artists of Creative Arts.
A mini-marathon was organised in the morning and a peace march from Fire Station to Union Club will also be held in the evening. Madhu babu had founded Union Club on Mission Road in 1904 as Indians were not allowed then inside the elite Cuttack Club.
Blood donation camps, meetings and cultural programmes were held in different parts of the state to mark the occasion.