A commemorative postage stamp on Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mahapatra, a Odia poet [a part of the series ‘Legends of Odisha‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 30, 2023
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to issue a set of Commemorative Postage Stamps on the Legends of Odisha who have contributed magnificently to the art and culture of not only Odisha but also took the Indian values and culture to the international panorama.
Stamp/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 1000 Paise
Souvenir Sheet Price : 5000 Paise
Souvenir Sheets Printed : 301590
Miniature Sheet Printed : 1.11 Lakh
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Laxmikanta Mahapatra
Born on 9 Dec, 1888 at Talapada, Tihidi, Bhadrak, Odisha, India
Died on 24 Feb, 1953
- Of all the regional cultures, Odisha or the ancient Kalinga played a very conspicuous and vital role in the cultural matrix of Indian civilization. From the time immemorial Odisha has attracted a large number of scholars, artists and tourists.
- Kantakabi Lakshmikanta Mohapatra was born at Bakharabad, Cuttack on 09.12.1888. He hailed from the family of freedom fighters and received the honour of Kantakabi in 1934. From his childhood, he was fond of songs, music, drama and literature. By cruel blow of destiny, he was affected by leprosy; but it could not prevent him from pursuing his creative writing. He contributed to all aspects of literary world of Odia literature. He has written beautiful parodies, the most famous among them is “Chataka Chandra Hasa Champu”. Kantakabi used to encourage young writers through his magazine, “Dagara”, which was being published from Bhadrak, Odisha.
- When the freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi gripped the entire nation, Kantakabi through his patriotic songs used to enthuse the masses. He also actively participated in the movement of unification of Odia speaking areas and penned down “Bande Utkal Janani”, the song which has been accorded the State Anthem by the Odisha State. He breathed his last on 24.02.1953. He lives in the heart of Odia people through his immortal work.
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