Bhubaneswar: A pictorial biography of former Odisha Chief Minister and freedom fighter Biju Patnaik titled ‘The Tall Man Biju Patnaik’ was showcased in a function at the Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Presided over by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the presentation ceremony was also graced by noted Indian classical flautist Padma Vibhusan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, eminent cardiovascular thoracic surgeon and Padma Bhushan Dr Ramakanta Panda, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik and Director, Global HR and CEO, Carbon Black Business at Aditya Birla Group Dr Santrupt B Misra.
The book was reviewed by Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairperson Subroto Bagchi.
“In my view, Biju Babu is an idea in continuity, an idea of realizing the breadth of human aspirations, an idea of Odia self-esteem, selfless service and empowerment,” said the Chief Minister.
“To capture “The Tall man” in 180 pages is nearly impossible and Sundar has travelled across the globe to curate this monumental book on legendary Biju Babu – a proud Odia and at the same time a global citizen,” said Patnaik.
He said Biju Babu transcends the ordinary boundaries of definition.
Earlier on January 27, former President Pranab Mukherjee released the pictorial biography in the presence of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, former Deputy PM LK Advani, and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri at Utkal Mandap here.