Manoranjan Das

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Manoranjan Das
Born (1923-03-10)10 March 1923
Cuttack district, Odisha
Died 17 February 2013(2013-02-17) (aged 89)[1]
Cuttack district, Odisha
Occupation playwright
Nationality Indian
Literary movement modernism, experimentalism
Notable awards Padma Shri,
Sahitya Academy
Spouse Kusum Kumari Das
Children Punyasloka, Sabita,
Sujata,Sikata

Manoranjan Das (Oriya: ମନୋରଞ୍ଜନ ଦାସ) (1923-2013) [2] was an influential Indian dramatist, and pioneer of modernism in Oriya Literature. He was known for his experimentalism and deep socio-political awareness, who became most known in the 1960s with his experimental theatre.[3][4]

Amongst his most known work are, Kathagodha (The Wooden Horse) and Aranya Fasal (The Wild Harvest), which won the won him the Sahitya Akademi Award (1971). In a career spanning over four decades, his plays include Janmamati (Land of Birth) written in 1943 and his latest Nandika Kesari which appeared in 1985.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1923 in a village near Cuttack, he did his schooling in Kunjang near Paradip, completing his intermediate in 1942. Thereafter he joined Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.[3]

Career[edit]

He joined All India Radio where he rose to the level of Producer Emeritus. During his literary career, he has written 14 other plays, including Aranya Fasal (The Wild Harvest), which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award given Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in 1971,[7] and the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2004.[8]

His other plays are Jauban (Youth), August Na (The Ninth August 1947), Baxi Jagabandhu (The Sacrifice of Jagabandhu), Agami (The Oncoming), Abarodha (The Seize), Kathagodha (The Wooden Horse), and Sabdalipi (The Word-script).

Works[edit]

  • Smriti samlap (autobiography). Friends Publishers, 1999. ISBN 81-7401-274-5.
  • Ten essays on poet, poetry and psychology. Future Publications, 2005.
  • Aranya Fasal. Sahitya Akademi Publications, 2001. ISBN 81-260-1213-7.

Works in translation[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Playwright Manoranjan Das dead". Times Of India. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ "SRJAN, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa". srjan.com. Retrieved 7 January 2013. "Manoranjan Das was born on March 10, 1923." 
  3. ^ a b Sachidanandan, p. 147-148
  4. ^ George, p. 525
  5. ^ McGraw-Hill, p. 40
  6. ^ "ORIYA: Himansu Mohapatra". The Hindu. Mar 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007:Oriya Sahitya Akademi official website.
  8. ^ Padma Shri Awardees Government of India website.

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