Biswambhar Parida

Biswambhar Parida, born on February 9, 1921 in Jagatsinghpur, Odisha was a renowned Indian freedom fighter. He was a devout follower of Gandhian Freedom Movement and hence plunged into the Indian Independence Movement at a very early age. He was imprisoned for around two years. His activities in Berhampur Jail during Freedom movement had many achievements.

After Independence, Parida devoted himself to the field of journalism in the leading regional newspapers of Odisha, such as The Samaja and The Prajantra, for more than 37 years. While working for The Prajantra, he remained a close associate of Late Harekrushna Mahatab, ex-Chief Minister of Odisha and ex-Governor of Maharashtra. Till his death, Parida remained one of the five permanent Trust Board Members of Prajantra Prachar Samiti, founded by Late Harekrushna Mahatab. He also had close acquaintance with Late Biju Patnaik and Janaki Ballav Patnaik, ex-Chief Ministers of Odisha. He was quite active in literary circles also. His collection of short poems, Shatabdira Dyani(Oriya)– translation in English – Voice of the Century is widely acclaimed in Odishan literary sphere.

He also ascended to the top ranks of the state-level and national level freedom fighters’ organisation. He remained President of All Odisha Freedom Fighters’ Samiti for more than 15 years and also became Vice- resident of All India Freedom Fighters’ Samiti.

During later stages of his life, Parida was active in several social and cultural organisations of Cuttack city and was regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the city. He died in Cuttack on November 25, 1999. He was awarded posthumously “Utkal Jyoti”.