On the funeral day about 8000 people had gathered to pay homage to revered teacher Rabindranath Pattanayak at Narasinghpur offering floral tributes on his way to the graveyard.
On the eleventh day there was a memorial meeting organized by the instantly created ‘Rabindranath Pattanayak Smruti Parisad’ where, as many as 40 well known men of letters of the two twin ex-States Narasinghpur and Baramba, recalled how a referral point was he in the unique RITI SAHITYA of Orissa.
The meeting was presided over by Sri Duryodhan Baral, President of Bikacha Sahitya Parisad, Baramba. Prof. Kulamani Barik was the Chief Speaker when Prof. Prafulla Kumar Sahoo coordinated the obituary speeches.
Engineer Dr. Swapneswar Dash, President of Narasinghpur Sahitya Samaj, Sri Debarchan Panda, President of Narasinghpur Sahitya Sansad, its Vice-President Dr. Gokulananda Pattanayak spoke about Rabi babu’s in-depth knowledge and pride in ancient Oriya literature, particularly of the Bhanja era.
Advocate Trilochan Mohapatra, President of Narasinghpur Bikash Parishad recalled how he was a friend in need to many in the locality and highlighted on his highlander character of being honest, proud and outspoken and of his tenacious adherence to his inherited tradition.
He was recalled as a dedicated dramatist, actor and director.
Some of his colleagues and students including Sachidananda Dash, Managovinda Das, Jagannath Swain and Niranjan Dash fondly recalled how monumental was his contributions to primary and upper primary education in Narasinghpur, which he had set on simultaneous man making in a peculiar pattern he had personalized.
Though the fittest for the President’s Award, he, for his sense of self-respect and aversion to political lobbying, could not get it, they said.
Er. Dhirendranath Mohanty spoke of his magnanimity as a friend.
Convener Dr. Dillip Kumar Pattanayak proposed vote of thanks to the Speakers and the participants.
A 48 pages booklet, captioned ‘Smruti Shraddhanjali’ was released on the occasion depicting the loss over his sad demise.