Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his deep sympathies to the family of eminent anthropologist Dr Lakshman Kumar Mahapatra, who passed away today morning at the age of 90.
In his condolence message, Patnaik described Dr Mahapatra as an erudite scholar of great repute. “Prof Mohapatra will be remembered for his immense contribution to the field of anthropology and sociology,” he said.
In his lifetime, Mahapatra has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University and Utkal University; Director of Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies in Bhubaneswar and in numerous administrative positions.
Mahapatra is survived by daughter Sheela and son Sujit, who is founder of Bhubaneswar-based Bakul Foundation.