Odisha: Freedom Fighter, Educationist and Media Person Kanhu Charan Patnaik Passes Away
Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Cuttack: Eminent freedom fighter , educationist and media person Kanhu Charan Patnaik passed away on Wednesday evening at a private nursing home in Cuttack. He was 86 and is survived by three sons four daughters a number of grand children. He died of cardiac arrest after a brief illness. He was cremated at Khannagar crematorium.
He has left behind thousands of students among whom many were well established in the field of literature, administration, politics social work etc.
Popularly known as " Kanhu Sir " in Cuttack city had joined freedom movement while a school student and was a member of "Banar Sena" . He was arrested and was convicted by the British Government. He was awarded with "Tamra Patra" as a freedom fighter by the Government of India in recognition of his service in the freedom struggle. He was also a precipitant of National and State Freedom Fighter Pension .He was honored by the State Government, Union Government and various organisations as a freedom fighter and author.
After completion of his studies, he preferred to take up teaching as his profession to build up ideal citizens to serve the country. Even after his retirement as the head master of Syed Seminary High School in Cuttack, he was devoting his time in teaching students which was his passion.
Feeling the need for enriching the Odia crime literature to create awareness among the readers he started publication of " Masik Detective" in 1959 and subsequently published " Masik Goenda ", " Masik Rasahya Patrika " and " Satya Aparadha Katha ". This encouraged others to publish novels on crime, detection etc. He also authored a number of educative books for students...
He was the only son of Jayakrushna Patnaik of Tangi in undivided Puri district and his only sister Kanan was a novelist. He was married to Prativamanjari, eldest among the nine daughters and four sons of eminent freedom fighter and social activist and columnist Raghnnauth Patnaik of Olasingh.