The diversity of talents in Odisha is immense. By being earnestly devoted in their spheres, people born in Odisha are always driven by the desire of hogging the limelight around the globe. And that’s what some of them have done to bring great glory to this state. Here is a list of 10 exceptionally skilled people from Odisha who have given us several reasons to be utterly proud of them.
1. Pitobash Tripathy
From making his Hollywood debut in Million Dollar Arm to delivering extraordinary performances in Bollywood movies like Shor in the City, I Am Kalam and many more, his striking roles are truly laudable. This Nayagarh born lad is certainly Odisha’s shining star!
2. Nandita Das
Having acted in over 30 feature films in 10 different languages, Nandita is well known for her movies like Fire, Earth etc. Besides she is the beautiful face of many social causes, from women’s rights to children’s education including the much hyped Dark is Beautiful campaign!
3. Ritesh Agarwal
A college dropout, Ritesh moved out of Odisha during his teenage to seek his fortune. At the age of 17, he started his business and later co-founded OYO Rooms, an online aggregator of budget hotel rooms that has its presence in around 120 cities of India. Infact he is the first resident Indian to have achieved the Thiel Fellowship!
4. Dilip Tirkey
Christened as the poster boy of Indian hockey, this Sundergarh born legend was the ex-captain of Indian hockey team. An Arjuna awardee, Dilip is the only Adivasi to represent in three Olympics. Moreover, he still remains one of the most difficult defenders to beat in the world!
5. Sam Pitroda
Born in Titlagarh, this telephone maverick is an inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker. Rightly known as “The father of India’s communication revolution,” his contributions in the domain of telecommunications have been not just in India but globally!
6. Sudarshan Patnaik
When it comes to creating magic with sand, this Padmashree awardee is really exceptional. Sudarshan earned great accolades and international attention for his sculpture on Black Taj Mahal. It’s because of these unique creations that Sudarshan has his name registered in the Limca book of Records too.
7. Nila Madhab Panda
Born in Odisha’s Sonepur district, he has produced and directed over 70 movies, documentaries and short films. While his feature film I Am Kalam was acclaimed worldwide, Nila has been hailed as a new-age sensation of Indian cinema!
8. Bibhu Mohapatra
Rourkela born, Bibhu Mohapatra is an Indian-American fashion and costume designer. Many A-listed Bollywood & Hollywood celebs including Elizabeth Moss, Priyanka Chopra and others have donned his dresses. First Lady Michelle Obama even happens to be one of Mohapatra’s clients!
9. Anil Dash
Hailing from the Kalahandi district of Odisha, Anil is acclaimed in the tech world as a cultural curator and blogging evangelist. Dash’s earlier career involved a seminal role as Chief Evangelist at Six Apart Ltd (now SAY Media), where he joined as the first employee of the world’s leading blogging company. With many feathers on his cap, Anil has come into the limelight time and again.
10. Ramakanta Panda
Born in Damodarpur, Ramakanta Panda is one of the best cardiac surgeons in the world today. He has performed over 18000 cardiac surgeries including that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 24, 2009. Presently he is the MD of Asian Heart Institute!
True to their mettle, these people have become the revered dignitaries of Odisha who will keep on inspiring people for years to come!