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Eminent Odia author Binapani Mohanty will be honoured with Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman.

Bhubaneswar2/3/20:: Eminent Odia author and poet, Padma Shri Binapani Mohanty will be honoured with the prestigious Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman. This was informed by Odisha Sahitya Akademi today.

The literary body will also felicitate 15 other littérateurs from the state.

Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman is the most respectable honour to any littérateur by the academy. Started in 1993, the first award was given to Odia poet Radha Mohan Gadnayak. The award is being conferred by Odisha Sahitya Akademi to a language litterateur for lifetime contribution to Odia literature.

Binapani Mohanty is an eminent literary figure of Odisha. Her literary career as a story-teller began with the publication of ‘Gotie Ratira Kahani’ in 1960.

Some of her best-known stories are Pata Dei, Khela Ghara, Naiku Rasta, Bastraharana, Andhakarara, Kasturi Murga O Sabuja Aranya and Michhi Michhika. It was the collection of short stories entitled ‘Pata Dei and other Stories’, that won the 1990 Sahitya Akademi.

She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2020.

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Pata Dei was published  in 1986. In 1987, its Hindi dramatisation was telecast in Doordarshan’s Kashmakash programme winning accolades and appreciation from all parts of India.Binapani Mohanty short story BHANGA SILATA is adopat in Odia film which was  directed by Prafulla Mohanty

Many short stories of Binapani Mohanty have been translated into different languages such as English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Urdu, Telegu and Russian.

She has also penned three novels: Sitara Sonita, Manaswini and Kunti, Kuntala, Shakuntala and a one-act play entitled Kranti. She has translated Russian folk-tales from English to Odia, among other translations.

About Ashok Palit

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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