Sarat Kumar Kar
Speaker: 12th Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
10 March 2000 – 21 May 2004
Preceded byChintmani Dyan Samanatara
Succeeded byMaheswar Mohanty
Member: Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byShaikh Matlub Ali
Succeeded byBikram Keshari Barma
In office
Preceded byShaikh Matlub Ali
Succeeded byShaikh Matlub Ali
Member: 6th Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik
Succeeded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik
Member: Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byBiraja Prasad Ray
Succeeded byShaikh Matlub Ali
Personal details
Born(1939-09-05)5 September 1939
Died12 October 2020(2020-10-12) (aged 81)
Political partyBiju Janata Dal
Other political
Indian National Congress,[1] Janata Party, Janata Dal, Utkal Congress
Spouse(s)Anima Mishra Kar
Alma materAllahabad University

Sarat Kumar Kar (5 September 1939 – 12 October 2020)[2] was a politician and writer from Odisha, India. He was a member of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) political party.[3]


He was a member of the 6th Lok Sabha (1977–80) and was elected three times (2000–04, 1990–95 and 1971–74) to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Mahanga.[4] Kar became the Minister for Education and Culture in 1971 in the Bishwanath Das led coalition Government. He was probably the youngest Cabinet Minister in Odisha's political history and the record remains intact till today. He was elected as a Janata Party (Lok Dal) MP in 1977 from Cuttack after defeating Congress stalwart and the then sitting Union Minister, Shri J.B.Patnaik. He was the speaker of the Twelfth Assembly from 10 March 2000 to 21 May 2004.[5]

He joined politics in 1964 after completing his master's degree in Political Science from the prestigious Allahabad University. During his Allahabad University days, he had the opportunity to interact with Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri who inspired him to join politics. Shri Kar participated in the political meetings of Shri Shastri and became a member of the AICC. Shri Shastri asked him to meet Shri Biju Patnaik after returning to Odisha. Shri Kar met Shri Biju Patnaik. Biju babu took a liking for him and Shri Kar remained his close confidant till Biju babu's death.

Shri Kar wrote four poetry books (Druta Bilambita, Manthan, Romanthan and Ananya), one long fiction (Samayara Jete Dheu), one spiritual book and hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines on literary, social, spiritual and political topics in Odia. He was a prolific orator on politics and culture. A great devotee of Lord Jagannath, he gave commentary on the Lord's Car Festival ("Rath Yatra") on All India Radio, Doordarshan and private TV channels for the last 45 years.

His spouse, Smt. Anima Mishra Kar, is a retired Professor in English. She is an accomplished singer and was an "A" Grade artist for All India Radio, Cuttack through the 1960s to the 1990s. His elder son, Shri Suman Kar is a lecturer in English in Bhubaneswar. His younger son, Shri Sobhan Kar, is an Indian Revenue Service officer and works for the Government of India at New Delhi.

Shri Kar died on 12 October 2020, from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in India, aged 81.[2]


  1. ^ "Odisha Senior Congress leader Sarat Kar resigned from Party, Odisha Current News, Odisha Latest Headlines". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Former Odisha Speaker Sarat Kar no more". Sambad English. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Ex-Speaker Kar back in BJD". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ "MLA Sarat Kumar Kar Profile - MAHANGA Constituency". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ "ORISSA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
Political offices Preceded byChintmani Dyan Samanatara Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly 10 March 2000 - 21 May 2004 Succeeded byMaheswar Mohanty