Pundit Godabarish Mishra (1886-1956) was an eminent politician and educationalist of Orissa. A social reformer, he strongly opposed the caste system and made huge contributions to
Oriya literature. His works include essays, stories, drama, novels, poems and biographies. His well-known poems are ‘Kalijai’ and ‘Kishalaya.’ His famous dramas include ‘Purushottam Deb’, ‘Mukunda Deb’ and ‘Ardha Shatabdi Ra Orissa O Tahin Re Mo Sthana.’ He was awarded the Kendriya Sahitya Academy Award by the Central government for his autobiography titled ‘Ardha Satabdira Orissa O Tahinre mo Sthana.' He was awarded doctorate by the
Pundit Godabarish Mishra was born near Banpur in Khordha District. He did his honors in Philosophy and Masters in Economics. He participated in the Non-cooperation movement of 1921 and served as the editor of the publication titled ‘Samaj’ for 2 years. Inspired by the workings of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Gopabandhu Das, he joined the Congress party and was a member of Vidhan Sabha (Lower House) of the Orissa Legislative Assembly. He proved ability as an administrator during his tenure in the legislature. He served as the finance and education minister under the Maharaja of Paralakhemundi from 1941 to 1944. He helped in the establishment of the Utkal University, Cuttack Medical College, Cuttack High court and various colleges at Puri, Baleswar and Sambalpur.