is the Chief Minister of Orissa
. He is the son of the late Biju Patnaik
, former Chief Minister of Orissa
. His sister Gita Mehta is a world-renowned author (Karma Cola) and is the wife of Sonny Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
Shri Naveen Patnaik was born on October 16
at Cuttack, Orissa to Shri Biju Patnaik
and Smt. Gyan Patnaik. He went to Welham Boys' School
in Dehradun when he was seven years old. After that he studied at the The Doon School
, Dehradun until he passed out with a Senior Cambridge Certificate at 17 years. He excelled in History
, Oil painting
and athletics in this school. He went on to Delhi University
when he got his Bachelor's Degree in Arts at the age of 20 years.
Shri Patnaik returned from the U.S. upon the death of his father Biju Patnaik and was elected as Member of the 11th Lok Sabha in by-election from Aska Parliamentary Constituency. He was a member of the Consultative Committee of Ministry of Steel & Mines, Member of Standing Committee on Commerce, and Member Library Committee of Parliament. In 1998 he formed the Biju Janata Dal Party in Orissa and was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha from the Aska Parliamentary constituency. Subsequently he became the Chief Minister of the state in 2000 with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party and has been ruling since. He currently lives in Naveen Nivas, Bhubaneswar. His party is part of the National Democratic Alliance.
Manoranjan says:He has done significant work in international recognition of Indian designs and worked with handloom
weavers to enlarge home market for Indian textiles. His work has always in one way or the other been connected with Art
. He has travelled extensively in India and abroad. Naveen Patnaik is a founder member of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Author of three books: A Second Paradise: Indian Country Life 1590-1947
, A Desert Kingdom: The people of Bikaner
and the Garden of Life: An introduction to the Healing Plants of India
, each one published in India, England
, Mr Naveen has regularly written articles for cultural and environmental publications.