Non-resident Odias’ date with the late Queen – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

KENDRAPARA: The late Queen Elizabeth-II, during her 70 year reign, never visited Odisha but met and praised several non-resident Odias in London. One of them, Dr Bhagabat Charan Das was honored to receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the Queen in 1996.

Hailing from Begalapur village in Jagatsinghpur district, Dr Das was the first Odia to receive the coveted award, said famous writer and painter Prafulla Mohanti, brother-in-law of Das. Dr Das left for England in 1959 for higher education and worked in different hospitals for the National Health Service and joined Hope Hospital in Manchester as a consultant in aged care.

After his retirement, he devoted himself to building the Social Center for Asian Elderly People, a first institution of its kind in Europe. His wife, Adarmoni, a poet and author of several books in Odia helped her husband establish the center.

While Dr Das died in 2010, his wife breathed her last in England last year. Mohanty from Nanpur village of Jajpur district also met and interacted with the queen. “I had the privilege of meeting the Queen three times in London. I presented my book ‘My Village and My Life’ to her about 30 years ago.

In 1982, a painting exhibition was organized in London by Indian artists and NRIs for the visit of the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh. Some of my paintings were exhibited at the exhibition. Queen Elizabeth-II visited the exhibition and praised my paintings. I gave her three of my paintings,” Mohanti said by phone from London.

KENDRAPARA: The late Queen Elizabeth-II, during her 70 year reign, never visited Odisha but met and praised several non-resident Odias in London. One of them, Dr Bhagabat Charan Das was honored to receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from the Queen in 1996. A native of Begalapur village in Jagatsinghpur district, Dr. Das was the first Odia to receive the coveted award. , said famous writer and painter Prafulla Mohanti, Das’ brother-in-law. Dr Das left for England in 1959 for higher education and worked in different hospitals for the National Health Service and joined Hope Hospital in Manchester as a consultant in aged care. After his retirement, he devoted himself to building the Social Center for Asian Elderly People, a first institution of its kind in Europe. His wife, Adarmoni, a poet and author of several books in Odia helped her husband establish the center. While Dr Das died in 2010, his wife breathed her last in England last year. Mohanty from Nanpur village of Jajpur district also met and interacted with the queen. “I had the privilege of meeting the Queen three times in London. I presented my book ‘My Village and My Life’ to her about 30 years ago. In 1982 an exhibition of paintings was organized in London by Indian and NRI artists for the visit of then President of India Giani Zail Singh Some of my paintings were exhibited in the exhibition Queen Elizabeth II visited the exhibition and praised my paintings paintings. I gave him three of my paintings,” Mohanti said by phone from London.

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