Sailabala Das
Sailabala Das
Member: Rajya Sabha
In office
03 April 1952 – 02 April 1954
Personal details
Shoila Bala Hazra

(1875-03-25)25 March 1875[1]
Chakraberia Road, Bhowanipore, Calcutta
Died29 April 1968(1968-04-29) (aged 93)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materBethune College, Maria Grey Training College[2]
ProfessionEducationist, Social Worker, Politician

Sailabala Das (25 March 1875 – 29 April 1968) was a social worker and politician. She was the first woman from Odisha to go to England for higher studies.[3]


Sailabala Das, eldest child of Ambica Charan Hazra and Prosannamayee, was born on 25 March 1875 at the Bhowanipore (Calcutta) house of Madhusudan Das. She had five siblings.[citation needed] Following her mother's death, she was adopted by Madhusudan Das.[citation needed]

In 1903, she formed the Utkal Young Men's Association and managed the Utkal Young Women's Association.[citation needed] She was instrumental in creation of the first women's college in Odisha, the main building of which was gifted by her.[citation needed] She started a Hindu widow's training school to train widows to become high school teachers. On the political front, she started several branches of All-India Women's Conference. She established Orissa Nari Seba Sangha in 1941 for social welfare of women. Indian National Council for Women held its biennial conference in Cuttack, under her leadership.[citation needed]

She extended her reach to Bihar, where she became the first woman inspector of prison cells in Patna, first woman to join the management committee of the Prince of Wales Medical College and became the Syndicate member of Patna University. Sailabala became the first woman Honorary Magistrate of India, adjudicating over 600 cases a year.[4]

In recognition to her contribution to education, Sir Edward Albert Gait, the last Lieutenant Governor of Orissa and Bihar, wanted to confer the Kaisar-i-Hind gold medal to her but she declined it.[5]

Shailabala Women's College, Cuttack is named after her.[6]

Literary works


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  2. ^ Karlekar, Malavika. "A VOYAGE OUT – How Sailabala Das discovers that the Red Sea is not red". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  3. ^ Sachidananda Mohanty (2005). Early Women's Writings in Orissa, 1898–1950: A Lost Tradition. SAGE Publications. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-0-7619-3308-3.
  4. ^ Pattanayak, Saswat (14 March 2012). "Sailabala Das: The Dissent". Ink Publications. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  5. ^ Sachidananda Mohanty (1 January 2006). Literature and Social Reform in Colonial Orissa: The Legacy of Sailabala Das (1875–1968). Sahitya Akademi. pp. 9–. ISBN 978-81-260-2298-4.
  6. ^ "SB women's college Centenary Celebration begins in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari". Discover Odisha. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  7. ^ Karlekar, Malavika. "WONDER AND MELANCHOLY – Railway tales and travails from colonial India". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 23 April 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ Shailabala Das (2008). Tribute of a Daughter to Her Father. Bona. p. 192. ISBN 978-8187493280.