Bhubaneswar:10/7/20: Eminent litterateur and award-winning short fiction writer Manoj Kumar Panda is no more. He died of heart attack in Bolangir district at the age of 65.
According to sources, Panda was admitted to a hospital after he complained of uneasiness where he passed away while undergoing treatment.
He had three published collections of short fiction, Hada Bagicha (1992), Varna Bagicha (2003) and Maya Bagicha (2010). He received many literary accolades including prestigious Sarala Award in 2015 for Maya Bagicha.
Panda had also translated two plays, All My Sons by Arthur Miller (2017) and Cross Purpose by Albert Camus (2019) in Odia. His works were also translated in English as The Bone Garden and Other Stories (Rupantar, 2009) and One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator (Speaking Tiger, 2016).
Born on October 4, 1954, in Bolangir, to Radhamani Panda and Nilamani Panda, he was the eldest among three sisters and three brothers. His father was a bench clerk to the district judge in Bolangir.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP Vice-President Baijayant Panda expressed grief over the passing away of the renowned writer.