Cuttack is the birthplace of Legendary Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. His family home is now a museum which houses Netaji's memorabilia.
The diary of Janaki Nath Bose, Netaji's father is amonst the prized possesion of the Netaji Museum at Cuttack.
Throughout the medieval and British period Cuttack was the capital of Odisha. The capital was changed from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar in 1948.