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Eminent litterateur Chandrasekhar Rath passed away

Bhubaneswar:10/2/18; Eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi Award recipient Chandrasekhar Rath passed away at a private hospital in Odisha capital on Friday. He was 89.

The renowned Odia author and poet had been selected for the Padma Shri award last month for his outstanding contribution to literature.

He breathed his last in the hospital while undergoing treatment as he was suffering from prolonged illness, family sources said.

Rath was a well-known name both in the fiction and non-fiction world.

Born on October 17, 1929, in Malpada in Balangir district, he did his post-graduation in English from Canning College, University of Lucknow, and was conferred a D.Litt from the same University in 2008. Later, the Utkal University of Culture also honoured him with a D.Litt in 2012.


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and people from all walks of life paid rich tributes to Rath after his body arrived at his residence in the city.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed condolences over his death

A Profile of   Chandrasekhar Rath

The beginning : Born on 17th of October 1929, in a Shrotriya Brahmin family at moonrise on Kumar Purnima;he was exposed early in life to chanting of Vedic hymns, recital of the Ramayana, the Bhagvata, and the texts of Bhagvat Gita, the Upanishads and the Vedanta Darshan.
Maturing : Graduated from a local college and did Post-graduation in English from Canning College, University of Lucknow under Prof. NK Siddhanta. He is exposed to Hindi,Bengali and English literatures directly and to the ‘World literatures’ through English. D.Litt was conferred on him by Lucknow University in 2008. Later Utkal University of Culture also conferred a D.Litt in 2012.
Occupation : Joined Orissa Education Service in 1952 as lecturer in English and retired as Deputy DPI in 1987
The Widening Horizon : Area of interest includes Religion, Philosophy, Culture and Literature ranging from Physics to Meta-physics, from auto-writing (Planchet) to Astro-physics
Creative Media : Sketching, drawing and painting in water, poster and oil colours, Clay-modelling, sculpting and carving on wood and stone, painting and sculpture have been his moving passions till date
The Enduring Writer : Writing proved to be more satisfying and enduring medium for self-expression. He has been writing for half a century now.
Creative Literature : In four genres ;

z  Novels

·         Yantrarudha (The Instrumented) 1967

·         Asurya Upanivesh (The Sunless Colony) 1974

·         Nav Jatak (Regenesis) 1981

z  Short stories

·         Aneka Banyaa Parey (After many a flood) 1978

·         Aswaarohi ra Galpa(The Horseman’s tales) 1979

·         Samraat o Anyamane (The Emperor and others)1980

·         Anya eka Sakaala (Another dawn) 1981

·         Sabujaka Swapna (All the Dreams) 1984

·         Bagha Sawaar (Riding the Tiger) 1987

·         Ete Paakhare Samudra (So Close to the Sea)1988

·         Bikri paain Phulamaala (A Garland for Sale) 1990

·         Swapna Vaahak (The Dream Peddler) 1992

·         Sabutharu dirgha raati (The Longest Night Ever) 1994

·         Antima (The Last Famine) 1996

·         Shikhara Langhana (Scaling the Cliff) 2002

·         Nagantaka Vidya ( The Serpent Lore) 2004

·         Sandhikaala (The Transit) 2007

z  Essays

·         Drishti O Darshana (Vision and Views) 1971

·         E Jeun Prithvi(This Dear Earth) 1975

Mu Satyadharmaa Kahuchi(Truthbound I speak) 1977

·         Madhu Sandhana (The Quest for Ambrosia) 1978

·         Uttara Aranya (The Outer Woods) 1970/1980

·         Ashruta Swara (Unheard Voice) 1981

·         Kritadasara Swapna (The Slave’s Dream)1981

·         Vishesh Kathan(Essays Specific) 2005

·         Laghu Samhita (Lesser Texts)2012

·         Nibandha Samgraha(Complete Collection of Essays) 2012

·         Unmochita Digbalaya(Opening Horizon) 2012

·         Ratha Saptaka (Devotional Essays) 1985/2001/2005/2012

z  Poetry

·         Tumapaain pakhigaana (Bird Songs for Thee)2000

·         Aagaku Banasta (Deep woods Ahead) 2002

·         Mo Ghara Bahuta Doora(My Home is Far off) 2012

Public Speaking    :        Addresses

The Parliament of Religions (Calcutta) 1993

Foundation Day R.K. Institute of Culture (Cal) 1994

Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad (Calcutta) 1991

Divine Life Society (Rishikesh) 1991

Institute of Human Studies (Hyderabad) 1998

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch 1998-2002

Senior Citizens Study Camps (Nainitaal) 1998-2002

Religio-cultural Assemblies (USA and Canada)1999



Literary Awards and Recognitions : =  Prajatantra Vishuva Award(Essays) 1963/1967

=  Dharitree Recognition(Comprehensive) 1979

=  Odisha Sahitya Akademi(Novel) 1980

=  Odisha Sahitya Akademi(Essays)1981

=  Sarala Award (Stories) 1981

=  Sambalpur University Bharat Chandra Award 1989

=  Jaggannath Samman (Comprehensive) 1997

=  Sahitya Akademi Central Award (Stories)1997

=  Hutch Crossword Book Award for Yantrarudha

(Astride the Wheel) 2004

=  D. Litt. By Lucknow University 2008

=  Sahitya Bharati Award 2011

=  D. Litt by Utkal University of Culture in 2012

Translation and

other writings

: Translated Shankara’s commentary on the Bhagvat Gita(2009).

Translated Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull into Oriya as Sagara Vihanga(

Wrote a short biography of Pandit Gopabandhu in English.

Pathachakra Diary (2002/2011): Philosophical & spiritual musings on profounder aspects of life.

Mrityu Arapariru Sanket (Signals from beyond death) 2003 Research work on Planchet & autowriting.

Father Samuel & Otherstories :Translated from  Odia original–published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2nd edition 2012

Astride the Wheel (Translation of Odia classic Yantrarudha ),Oxford University Press 2004

Stories Incredible (Translations of Odia original stories) , Under review (Harper Collins) 2012


About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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