**Bhubaneswar:** A week after the notable biography “The Tall Man Biju Patnaik” was released and lauded in Odisha’s capital city here jointly by former President of India Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, former Deputy Prime Minister-cum-BJP patriarch L.K. Advani and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, the noteworthy book of the daredevil freedom fighter Biju Patnaik got presented coincidentally on the same Saturday evening in Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra and commercial capital of India.
Presided over by Biju Babu’s youngest son and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the book presentation ceremony was graced by music maestro-cum-eminent flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, noted heart surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda, Police Commissioner of Mumbai Arup Patnaik and Carbon Black Business CEO of Aditya Birla Group Dr Santrupta Mishra.
Speaking on this occasion Naveen Patnaik said, “Cutting across regions, ideologies and age groups – what brings us together this evening is the love and respect we have for Biju Babu. 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.”
“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.I thank Future Books for making “The Tall man” available across the globe through Amazon and Flipkart,” Patnaik said.
“Biju Babu transcends the ordinary boundaries of definition. I thank Mr. Subrat Bagchi for his insightful comments on the tall man. Shri Bagchi through his volunteerism is doing a commendable job in empowering Odia Youth and transforming lives. Biju Babu would have been proud of you,” Patnaik added.
“This book is a commemoration and a tribute. Seeing the enthusiasm and involvement of all of you here in Mumbai, would have surely gladdened the heart of the tall man himself,” Patnaik added.
While the introduction of the book was made by its author Sundar Ganesan, the review of the book was made by Odisha Skill Development Authority head Subroto Bagchi.
The book presentation ceremony was held at Yashwantrao Chavan Pratisthan, General Jagannath Bhosale Marg, near Mantralaya in Mumbai.
As had been here, the special function related to the remarkable book is being organized by the Biju Patnaik Birth Centenary Committee under the auspices of the Government of Odisha.