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Bhubaneswar: Author Monalisa Jena has been selected for the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award for translation of an Assamese book into ‘Asirbadara Ranga’ in Odia originally penned by Arun Sharma. She had won the Odisha Sahitya Akademi award in 2007 for another Assamese translation ‘Astoraga’.

She has edited and translated 16 contemporary Odia short stories into English that has been published in a book titled ‘Dasuram’s Script’.

“My gratitude to Assam and the readers who read my Odia translations from Assamese. Let us celebrate by reading and appreciating the wealth of wisdom of our literature. I feel honoured for the Central Sahitya Akademi award,” Jena said on her social media profile.

The writer has published around 17 books which include ‘Indramalatira Shoka’, ‘E Sabu Dhrubamuhurta’ and ‘Nisarga Dhwani’. At present, she is translating poems by Girija Kumar Baliarsingh.

Born on December 10, 1963 in Khurda, Monalisa had completed MBA from IGNOU after her graduation in Economics in Ravenshaw College.

Besides, she has received senior fellowship from Union Culture Ministry for research in language and literature.

Monalisa Jena , who served as the lecturer in Economics and worked as the journalist, has authored over 15 books. ‘Ye Sabu Dhruba Muhurta’, ‘Nisarga Dhwani’ and ‘Indra Malatira Shoka’ are among the books for which she has been acclaimed.

Monalisa Jena, a Ravenshaw alumnus, has authored several original books too while she has also translated several books from Odia to English literature and vice versa. She is also a lecturer, a journalist and is best known as a poet. src Pragatibadi


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