Odisha says Happy Birthday to its proud son Manoj Das – 27th feb

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Today (27th Feb) is the birth day of great son of Odisha, the famous indo-anglian writer Mr. Manoj Das. His contribution to the world of literature (both Odia and English) is immense. We are all proud of him.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR

         Today is the birth day of great son of Odisha, the famous indo-anglian writer Mr. Manoj Das. His contribution to the world of literature (both Odia and English) is immense. We are all proud of him. Manoj Das was born in a small beautiful costal village ‘Shankari’ in the ‘Baleshwar district of ‘Odisha’ on 27th February 1934, to Kadambini Devi & Madhusudan Das. He is the younger brother of famous educationist and historian late Manmmath Nath Das (former VC of Utkal University) who was ten years older to him. Manoj Das’s early education days were spent in various schools of Baleshwar district. He has started creative writing around his student days in high school. Later he came to Cuttack city for higher studies and, was a student of M S Law College in Cuttack during 1955-57.

After his higher education, he started teaching English in a college at Cuttack before he came over to Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry in 1963, where he continues to be a professor in English & Philosophy at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education till date.
During his research in the archives of London and Edinburgh brought to light some of the little known facts of India’s freedom struggle in the first decade of the twentieth century led by Sri Aurobindo. His deeper quest led him to mysticism and he has been an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry (earlier known as Pondicherry) since 1963. But, he was a youth leader with radical views in his college days.
Manoj Das is perhaps the foremost bilingual writer from Odisha and a master of dramatic expression both in his English and Oriya short stories and novels. To his readers, words of his writings are of magical effect. Sourced from a village childhood to his widely travel across the globe, his characters in fiction are drawn from so many varied backgrounds; and display many different dimensions of human nature. He is a philosopher, a thinker-writer whose works can be defined as a quest for finding the eternal truth in everyday situations.

He edited two widely acclaimed magazines – “Diganta” (literature) published from Cuttack in the 1960s and, “The Heritage” (cultural) published from Chennai in the 1980s. The magazines are no more in circulation.

Famous Odia works:
• Satabdir Arttanad, 1949 (poetry collection)
• Padadhwani, 1950 (poetry collection)
• Samudrara Kshudha, 1952 (short stories collection)
• Aranyak, 1961 (short stories collection)
• Shesha basantara chithi, 1965 (short stories collection)
• Upanivesh, 1966(poetry collection)
• Manoj Dasanka katha o kahani, 1971 (short stories collection)
• Dhumabha diganta & other stories, 1977 (short stories collection)
• Manoj Panchabimsati, 1983 (short stories collection)
• Bulldozers, 1989 (novel)
• Tuma gam o anyanya kabita, 1992 (poetry collection)
• Kanak Uptyakara Kahani, 1994 (children’s novel)
• Godhulira Bagha, 1995 (novel)
• Amruta Phala, 1996 (novel)….. so on

Popular English works:
• The crocodile’s lady & other stories, 1975 (a collection of stories)
• The submerged valley and other stories,1986 (a collection of stories)
• Farewell to a ghost, 1994 (short stories and a novelette)
• The Golden Deer, 1996 (a collection of stories for young)
• Cyclones, 1987 (novel)
• A tiger at twilight, 1991 (novel)….. so on

Awards
• Atibadi Jagannath Das Award, 2007
• Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, 2006
• Padma Shri, 2001
• Saraswati Samman, 2000
• Sahitya Bharati Award, 1995
• Sarala Award, 1981
• Vishuba Award, 1986
• Kendra (national) Sahitya Akademi Award, 1972
• Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1965 and 1982
• Sri Aurobindo Puraskar, 1971

Honours
• D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from Utkal University of Culture, 2004
• D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from Utkal University, 2006
• D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from F. M. University, 2007
• D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from North Odisha University, 2011
• D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from Ravenshaw University, 2011


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