Soumya Ranjan Patnaik
As a media baron, politician and social activist, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik is a household name in Odisha. Apart from being the man who instituted the largest media house in the state, he has also championed various social causes such as promotion of Odia language and culture, spreading awareness and conducting massive blood donation drives.
Currently the sitting MLA of Khandapada, he was also elected as a Member of Parliament to the Lower House from Bhubaneswar in 1996. In 2018, he was also nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
An alumnus of the prestigious Ravenshaw University, Benaras Hindu University and University of Oxford, with over a decade-long teaching tenure, Patnaik is a mesmerising orator. His contagious youthful charm and exuberance have also made him an inspiration for the youth. In spite of his busy schedule, his keen interest in cricket and soccer draw him to various tournaments all over the world.