Noted ornithologist, Sanakhemundi king Uday Narayan Dev no more
Uday Narayan Dev, former legislator, royal scion and a noted ornithologist who carved a niche for himself, died in Bhubaneswar, his family said on Thursday.
On January 21, Dev had released his most exhaustive book on birds ‘Vihanga Samhita’ in the Capital city of Bhubaneswar. The book was the result of his 45 years of extensive research as a part of his project that he called ‘Orientalisation of Oriental Ornithology’.
Vihanga Samhita is a book in six volumes about over 2,000 birds.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death. “I am saddened to learn of the death of Uday Narayan Dev, a former MLA from Mohana constituency. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wish them well,” he tweeted.
Dev, who is from the erstwhile Sanakhemundi Estate in Odisha’s Ganjam district, was elected to assembly three times from the then Mohana constituency.
He fought as a candidate of the Utkal Congress in 1974, as an Independent in 1977 and for the Lok Dal in 1980