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Sunday, February 13, 2011

An ardent follower of Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo's philosophy


On Sunday afternoon, Prof. Chittaranjan Das popularly known as ‘Chitta bhai’ passed away at the age of 89. He was admitted in Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar suffering from broken left leg.

Prof. Das was invited to start the Post Basic School at Champatimunda, Dist. Angul by the late Nabakrushna Choudhuri and late Malati Choudhury. The Champatimunda Post Basic School was known as Jeevan Vidyalaya. The programmes and activities of the Jeevan Vidyalaya had inspiration from Gandhian Basic Education and thoughts of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. Prof. Das was well-versed in Rabindrasangeet.
He was a prolific writer. He writings reflects profound theories of Education and Development. He was influenced very much by the Danish Educationists and Philosophers. He was very fluent in Danish language.
He held from Bagalpur (Jagatsinghpur dist.) where his last rites has been performed during the midnight.
Chittaranjan Das popularly known as 'Chitta bhai' passed away at the age of 89. He was admitted in Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar.

BHUBANESWAR: Writer, translator, educationist and social reformer Chittaranjan Das, popularly known as Chitta Bhai among the Oriyas, passed away here on Sunday. He was 87 and is survived by his wife and a son.
According to family sources, Das was admitted to hospital here on December 20 after he fell down at his residence and had a fracture in his left leg. Though surgery was successfully conducted on him, his vital organs showed complications due to old age and finally he succumbed. Das was born in 1923 in Balagpur village in Jagatsinghpur district and had his college studies at Cuttack. He later had his higher studies at Tagore's Shantiniketan and at Copenhagen University in Denmark. An avid traveller, he knew 18 languages. He also taught at several schools and colleges abroad before his return to India.
Upon his return to India, he spent the rest of his life in literary pursuits and promotion of education. He had set up a number of educational institutions.
An ardent follower of Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, he was responsible for promotion of Gandhian ideology and Sri Aurobindo Ashram's educational system in Orissa.
Das penned and published more than 200 books that include a large number of essays, translations and his autobiography as well. He was recipient of a number of literary awards and honours that included Central Sahitya Akademi Award, Sarala Samman, Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award, Sahitya Bharati Samman and Prajatatantra Bisuba Puraskar.
His body was consigned to flames in his native village.

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