Anand Bhawan, the ancestral house of late former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, at Tulsipur in Cuttack has been dedicated to the people of Odisha as a museum-cum-learning center in March 2018 by former President Ram Nath Kovind.
Biju Patnaik was born on March 5, 1916 at Anand Bhawan, built by his father Laxmi Narayan Patnaik. In January 2015, Biju Patnaik’s sons Prem and Naveen donated the property to the State Government following which it was developed into a museum and learning centre. The Study Center having two rooms on the upstairs have been earmarked for the reading public.
The museum features various personal belongings of Biju Patnaik, including his childhood photographs and other belongings, and also explains his role in the freedom struggle of India and Indonesia. Biju Patnaik was one among the prominent leaders in the country who always advocated for women empowerment and did everything for the honor and people of Kalinga (the erstwhile name and identity of Odisha).