Bibhu Padhi

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Bibhu Padhi
Born (1951-01-16) 16 January 1951 (age 68)
Cuttack, Odisha, India.

Bibhu Padhi born Bibhu Prasad Padhi on 16 January 1951, is an Indian poet and writer. He writes in English and Oriya languages. He is also a literary critic and translator. He has written several books.

Early life[edit]

Padhi was born on 16 January 1951 in Cuttack, Odisha, India.[1] He received his education from Ravenshaw Collegiate School and Ranihat High School, Cuttack. He joined Ravenshaw College, Cuttack for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1969 and Master of Arts in English Literature in 1971. He also received a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Utkal University in 1991 in English Literature.[2] He married Minakshi Padhi, who is also a writer and academic.[3]


Padhi joined Ravenshaw College (now Ravneshaw University) Department of English in 1974 and was teaching there until 1981 and later from 1985 to 1992. He was also Counsellor for Odisha branch of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from 1986 to 1990 for "Diploma in Creative Writing in English". He has also taught at SCS college Puri-on-Sea.[4] He has 11 volume of poems written in English. In the critical work Studies in Indian Poetry in English Dr. Chittaranjan Mishra writes about Padhi's poetic style as "rooted in his soil". His poems featured in the poetry anthology, The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[5] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[6] Canada. Jaydeep Sarangi, an ardent scholar of Indian English poetry traces a beguiling sensibility in his poems: "joy in living and loving; joy in the vivid and animated, weird complicated poetics that is ordinary life.": Muse India, [7] one of the reviews on his poetry: Jaydeep Sarangi, an ardent scholar on Indian English poetry calls Bibhu Padhi a "soul maker".



  • Going to the Temple (New Delhi: Indus, 1988; rpt. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2008)[8]
  • A Wound Elsewhere (New Delhi: Rupa, 1992)[9]
  • Lines From A Legend (Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press, 1993)[10]
  • Painting the House (Hyderabad, India: Orient Longman, 1999)[11]
  • Games the Heart Must Play: a trilogy in of love poems(Bhubaneshwar,: Pen & Ink, 2003)[12]
  • Living With Lorenzo: Poems on D H Lawrence (Cuttack: Peacock Books, 2003) [chapbook]
  • Choosing A Place (New Delhi: Gnosis/Authorspress, 2011)[13]
  • Migratory Days (New Delhi: Authorspress, 2011)[14]
  • Brief Seasons: 60 love songs, (Bhubaneswar, Timepass, 2013)[15]
  • Magic Ritual (New Delhi: Authorspress, 2014)[16]
  • Midnight Diary (New Delhi: Authorspress, 2015) [17]

Other works

  • D H Lawrence: Modes of Fictional Style(Albany, NY, USA: Whitston, 1989)[18]
  • Indian Philosophy and Religion: A Reader’s Guide (Jefferson, NC, USA & London, England: McFarland, 1990; rpt. New Delhi: D K Printworld, 1999; 2nd rpt. DK Printworld, 2004)[19] [with Minakshi Padhi]

Poetic translations

  • A Morning of Rains and Other Poems: Selected Poems of Sitakant Mahapatra[20] (New Delhi: Vikas, 1990) [Mahapatra is a recipient of India’s highest literary award, the "Bharatiya Gyanapith"].
  • Memories, Legends, and The Goddess: Selected Poems of Bibek Jena, (Bhubaneswar, 2013)[21]
  • Parallel Speech: An Anthology of Fifteen Younger Contemporary Oriya Poets[22] (New Delhi: Authorspress)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Peepal Tree Press Author Info". Archived from the original on 2 March 2012.
  2. ^ "High Beam Author Info". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  3. ^ Padhi, Bibhu Padhi, Minakshi (1990). Indian philosophy and religion : a reader's guide. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 978-0899504469.
  4. ^ "D.K.Print World Author Info". Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  5. ^ Grove, Richard. "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India" (current). Hidden Brook Press, Canada. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ Press, Hidden Brook. "Hidden Brook Press". Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ Prasad, editors, U.S. Rukhaiyar, Amar Nath (2002). Studies in Indian poetry in English (1st ed.). New Delhi: Sarup & Sons. p. 192. ISBN 8176252654. Retrieved 22 September 2014.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Padhi, Bibhu Prasad (2013). Going to the Temple. New Delhi: Authorspress. ISBN 978-8172734039.
  9. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (1992). A wound Elsewhere. New Delhi: Rupa & Co. ISBN 978-8171670888.
  10. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (1993). Lines from a Legend. Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0948833502.
  11. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (1999). Painting the house : poems. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan. p. 79. ISBN 9788125015437.
  12. ^ Sen, Sudeep (5 December 2004). "Three Journeys". The Hindu. The Literary Review. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  13. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (2009). Choosing a place. Delhi: Authorpress. p. 88. ISBN 8172734883.
  14. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (2013). Migratory Days: A Travel Diary in Verse. Delhi: AuthorsPress. p. 86. ISBN 938103012X.
  15. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (2013). Brief Seasons. Bhubaneshwar: Timepass Publications.
  16. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (2014). Magic Ritual. New Delhi: Authorspress.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Padhi, Bibhu (1989). D.H. Lawrence : modes of fictional style. Troy, N.Y.: Whitston. ISBN 978-0878753543.
  19. ^ Padhi, Bibhu Padhi, Minakshi (1990). Indian philosophy and religion : a reader's guide. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. ISBN 9780899504469.
  20. ^ Padhi], Sitakant Mahapatra ; [translated from Oriya by Bibhu (1992). A Morning of rain and other poems. New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House. ISBN 9780706959697.
  21. ^ Verma, Anupam Kant (20 April 2012). "Shadows at Midnight". Live Mint. Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  22. ^ Padhi and Padhi, Minakshi and Bibhu (2014). Parallel Speech (Fifteen Younger Contemporary Oriya Poets). New Delhi: Kaveri Books. ISBN 978-8172738754.

Jaydeep Sarangi Interview with Bibhu Padhi,JSL,JNU Journal,Spring 2006.Link: