Bhubaneswar, 12th July, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Shri Gourishankar Ray, the ‘Karmabira’ son of Odisha, is one of the prominent figures amongst the Makers of Modern Odisha as we know it. Shri Ray is remembered as an icon of patriotism, a great reformer who dedicated his entire life for noble causes like widow marriage, prohibition of dowry, child marriage and co-dying or Sati system. On the occasion of the 150th year of Publication, Utkal Deepika, the first Odia Newspaper of Odisha, is going to pay its tribute to the first editor of the publication, Karmabira Gourishankar Ray on 13th July, 2016 at The Press Club of Odisha, Master Canteen Square, Bhubaneswar.
Shri Gourishankar Ray has been proclaimed as the Savior of Odia Language and Literature, who led the ‘Save Odia’ movement and worked for the protection and preservation of Odia language. He was the founder of ‘Cuttack Printing Company’ and also the Editor of the first newspaper, ‘Utkal Deepika’. It won’t be wrong to say that he was the pioneer in the co-operative movements as well as printing & publishing crafts in Odisha.
He led the way for the expansions of craft education including horticulture, etc. He also proposed to link Cuttack with Sambalpur and to link Khurda and Bolangir by railways and to extend the railway line up till Jaipur town.
He also worked for introduction of a universal and popular Odia language for different parts of Odisha with the common and colloquial Odia language in literature, different pauses, uniform alphabet & a popular prose style in Odia writing and printing, besides introduction of one lipi which is Devnagari for the whole country in order to bring about national integration.