A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Jewel of Utkal‘ Gopabandhu Das, an Indian Odia freedom fighter, social reformer, politician, journalist, poet and writer :
Issued on Jan 4, 1964
Issued for : The P & T Department is proud to issue a special stamp in honour of this great son of India.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Plum
Denomination : 15 naya Paisa
Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.63 X 2.62 cms.
Perforation : 13
Watermark : All over multiple ‘Lion Capital of Asoka I’
Number of stamps printed : 2.5 million
Set : 35 stamps per issue sheet
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed & printed at : India Security Press
Name : Gopabandhu Das
Born on Oct 9, 1877 at Suando, Puri, Odisha, India
Died on Jun 17, 1928
- Popularly known as Utkalmani (the jewel of Orissa) Pandit Gopabandhu Das was one of the first messengers of the gospel of freedom in the country. He was born on the 9th October 1877 in Puri District of Orissa and took to law as a profession. However, as early as 1912 he gave up his lucrative practice at the bar and dedicated himself to the freedom movement. His organising ability attracted the notice of Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Orissa in 1920. He joined the non-cooperation movement in 1921 and suffered several terms of imprisonment. He was also associated with the Lok Sevak Mandal and came into close contact with Lala Lajpat Rai and Pandit Amrit Lal Thakar.
- Besides being in the forefront of the struggle for freedom Shri Gopabandhu Das was also a great educationist. The Satyabadi High School at Sakhigopal in Puri District is a living monument to his devotion and services to the cause of education.
- He was also a poet and an author. His most important work was “Bandira Atmakatha” (the story of the prisoner). He also laboured in the cause of social reform and was an advocate of liberalism when conservatism had a strong hold in society. Shri Gopabandhu Das was also a legislator having been a Member of the Bihar and Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1917 to 1920.