Jagannath Prasad Das

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Jagannath Prasad Das
Born 1936
Puri, Odisha
Pen name J.P., J.P. Das
Language Oriya, English
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Oriya
Citizenship Indian
Alma mater Ravenshaw University
Period 1960s
Genre Poetry
Notable works Parikrama (Poetry)
Je Jahar Nirjanata
Notable awards Saraswati Samman,
Sahitya Akademi Award (2006)

Jagannath Prasad Das (born 1936, Puri, Odisha) is an Oriya writer and recipient of the Saraswati Samman and Sahitya Akademi literary awards. His literary works include poetry, fiction, drama and criticism.[1] In 2006 he was awarded the Saraswati Samman for his collection of poems, Parikrama – the third Oriya writer to be so honoured.[2] He has also received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetic verses Je Jahar Nirjanata.[3][4] His writing style is characterised by imagery and is influenced by the style of language spoken by the common people.[5] Das has done research on palm-leaf manuscripts and published a book Palm-Leaf Miniatures.[6] He has also researched pattachitra (the miniature paintings of Orissa) and published books, Puri paintings[7] and Chitra-pothi.[8]

Early life[edit]

Das was born in Puri, Odisha in 1936.


Das started writing in the Oriya language during his teenage years and continued writing mostly poetry until 1955, when he enrolled at Ravenshaw College (now Ravenshaw University). After graduation in 1955 he stopped writing and moved to Allahabad for graduate studies, receiving a Master of Arts in political science and a PhD in art history.

From 1963 to 1966, Das worked for the state government of Odisha. In 1973, he joined the Government of India's Indian Administrative Service in New Delhi, where he served for 15 years.

Das published his first poetry collection, Pratham Purush, in 1971. This book was subsequently translated into Hindi and English. He quit his government job in 1984 to continue his passion for writing and research.[1]

Das has written about ten poetry collections (eight of which have been translated into Hindi[1]) five plays, seven short story collections, an historical novel and a book of poems for children.[2] His historical novel, Desha Kala Patra, was based on the transformation of Orissa's social life in the 19th century during the British rule in India.[9] This book was selected by the National Book Trust for translation into all Indian languages.

Das worked with the Children's Film Society, India, as a member of the board, from 1985 to 1990. He worked with the Orissa Film Development Corporation from 1988 to 1993. In 1987 he edited a book on films, Films for Children.[1]




  • Je Jahar Nirjanata
  • Pratham Purush
  • Parikrama
  • Poorvapar – 1
  • Poorvapar – 2
  • Ahnik
  • Alukuchi Malukuchi (1993)


  • Desha Kala Patra (Historical novel – 1992)


  • Suryasta Purbaru (1972)

Children's literature[edit]

  • Alimalika (1993)



  • Oriya Short Stories – 1983
  • Growing and Indian Star (by Catherine Clément) – 1991
  • Under a silent Sun (with Arlene Zede) – 1992
  • Autumn moon (by Gulzar) – 1999
  • Kavita 93 (with K. Satchidanandan) – 1993

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Authors Speak. Sāhitya Akādemī. 2006. p. 324. ISBN 978-8126019458. 
  2. ^ a b c "Saraswati Samman for eminent Oriya writer". The Hindu. 13 February 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Official Listing(English)of Sahitya Akademi Award winners to writers in Oriya language
  4. ^ Official Listing (Oriya) of Sahitya Akademi Award winners to writers in Oriya language
  5. ^ Kavya bharati , Issue 13. American College (Madurai, India). Study Centre for Indian Literature in English and Translation. 2001. 
  6. ^ Das, Williams, Jagannath_Prasad, Joanna Gottfried (1 January 1991). Palm-Leaf Miniatures: The Art of Raghunath Prusti of Orissa. Abhinav Publications. p. 92. ISBN 978-8170172758. 
  7. ^ Dāsa, Jagannātha Prasāda (1982). Puri paintings: the Chitrakāra and his work. Humanities Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0391025776. 
  8. ^ Das, Jagannath Prasad (2007). Chitra-pothi: Illustrated Palm-leaf Manuscripts from Orissa. Niyogi Books. p. 122. ISBN 978-8189738068. 
  9. ^ The Book Review XVII No. 10. Government of India.