Gourishankar Ray
: Dixitpada, Asureswar
District: Cuttack
Category : Literature
Born : 13 July 1838
Died : 07-Mar-17
Details : Gourishankar Ray better known as Karmaveer Gourishankar, a prominent figure amongst the Makers of Modern Orissa (Odisha) as well as the savior of Oriya (Odia) Language and Literature, who led the Save Oriya Movement during the late nineteenth century working relentlessly for the protection and preservation of the Oriya Language at a time when an anti Oriya movement rocked the province to replace it by Bengali in the coastal, Hindi in the western and Telegu in the southern Orissa which ultimately was thwarted and Oriya was given its due place.

He was Born on the 13th July 1838. It was Aashadh Shukla Chaturdashi. At Dikshitpada, Cuttack. he born to Sadashib Prasad and Annaprurna Ray. In 1848 complete his Primary education, in the village Pathasala and a Maqtab for Parsi, he came to Cuttack. Studied in Cuttack school, now Ravenshaw Collegiate School. He won the juniorship Scholarship in the year of 1855. In 1856 he proceeded to Hoogly for College Education; Covered the distance on bullock cart and foot in 22 days. In the year of 1858 received proficieny certificate in English. Left Hoogly worked as a teacher at Balasore was the Teacher of Radhanath Ray, Baikuntha Nath Dey and MadhuSudan Das ; three great persons of the century in Orissa.

He was the father of the co-operative movements as well as printing & publishing crafts in Orissa (Odisha). He founded the Cuttack Printing Company and Edited Utkal Deepika, the first Oriya newspaper to be printed as a weekly in 1866. Utkal Deepika owed its birth to the upsurge of nationalism playing a significant role in sociopolitical life of Orissa.


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