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Being a Chittanuragi

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I joined Anama Movement in 1977.There I met Chittaranjan Das once in the house of Kumar Mohanty,the leader of that movement.As far as I remember,Madhu Mohanty was also present.It was a great occasion.Later I read about meeting between Sri Chaitanya and Ray Ramananda and have many times found similarity of our meeting with that meeting.

I am scheduled to deliver a talk on Chittabhai,Prof Chittaranjan Das in a webinar today. This makes me nostalgic.I am not as learned as Chittabhai, but is intensely attached to books and reading like him.

It was in my school days that I came to know about two great people from Odisha,Manoj Das and Chittaranjan Das from their writings in 'Nabarabi',the best Odia literary journal of that time.While Manoj Das was writing his travelogue 'Dura Durantara ', Chittaranjan Das was writing 'Jatire mun Jabana'. Manoj Das was at Sri Airobindo Ashram,Pondicherry,Chittaranjan Das was in Odisha.

When I went to college,we had a Reader in Political Science.His name was Chittaranjan Das.As such, I was thinking him as the writer Chittaranjan Das.

Once I asked him about certain thoughts he wrote in his Column 'Jatire mun Jabana.'

-‘Oh,you think I am that Chittaranjan Das ! But no,he is Chittabhai,a great man.He was at Champatimunda,but now he is at Bhubaneswar as far as I know',he said.

Then he suggested me to talk to Adhyapak Biswaranjan, my teacher as Chittabhai at times come to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puri and stays at his residence.

Then how to see that Chittaranjan Das....I was crazy.

I joined Anama Movement in 1977.There I met Chittaranjan Das once in the house of Kumar Mohanty,the leader of that movement.As far as I remember,Madhu Mohanty was also present.It was a great occasion.Later I read about meeting between Sri Chaitanya and Ray Ramananda and have many times found similarity of our meeting with that meeting.

I started reading the books of Chittaranjan Das from Ramakrishna Mission Library.I have read books of many great writers like Manoj Das and Surendra Mohanty from that library too in 1970s.One day I found Chittaranjan Das there in a meeting as a speaker.

The more I read Chittaranjan Das the more I acquired knowledge about the essence of education .He wrote about the basics of Odia Literature that formed the base of my knowledge of Odia Culture,Literature and Life.

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