Eminent litterateur Manorama Mohapatra dies at 87

Cuttack: Noted litterateur, Former Editor and Social Worker Manorama Mohapatra passed away today evening. She was 87.

After Manorama complained of chest pain, family members admitted her to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. While undergoing treatment at the SCB hospital, she breathed her last.

Manorama was Former Editor of Odia daily ‘The Samaja’. As the author of ‘Jhitipiti Kahe Satakshi’ in the Odia daily, she provided analytical and critical analysis of contemporary issues to readers.

Her first book was ‘Juar Jeiunthi Uthe’, a collection of poems on women emancipation and empowerment was published in 1960. ‘Band Gharara Kabat’, ‘Ardhanareeswara’, ‘Baidehi Visarjita’, ‘Sanghatir Samhita’, ‘Shakti Rupena Sansthita’, ‘Roopam Roopam Pratirupam’, ‘Smruti Chandan’, ‘Samay Purusha’, ‘Smritir Naimisharanya’, ‘151 Poems’, ‘Arup Aalo’ in Bengali, ‘Ye Prithvi Sarsajjya’, ‘Uttara Niruttara’ are some of her highly acclaimed literary works which have been inspiring generations.

She was honoured with Sahitya Academy Award in 1984, Soviet Nehru Award in 1988, Critic Circle of India Award in 1990, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar Samman in 1991 and Rupambara Award in 1994.

Condoling the death of Manorama Mohapatra, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated the State has lost a learned and an esteemed personality.

As an Educationist, a Litterateur and Well-spoken, Manorama Mohapatra has created a niche in the Odia literary world. She played a pivotal role in creating awareness on social issues especially women’s issues and their empowerment, Patnaik said.

As Editor of ‘The Samaja’, she took the ethics of journalism to a new level. She also played a crucial role by working as Member of the Lok Sevak Mandal, the Chief Minister added.

Patnaik also prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathy towards the bereaved family.

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