Mayadhar Mansingh

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Mayadhar Mansingh
Born Mayadhar Mansingh
(1905-11-13)13 November 1905
Nandala, Odisha, India
Died 11 October 1973(1973-10-11) (aged 67)
Cuttack, Odisha, India
Resting place Cuttack
Language Odia
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Odia
Citizenship Indian
Notable works Baji Rout (1939)
Ei Sahakara tale
Children Lalit Mansingh (Son)

Mayadhar Mansingh (13 November 1905 - 11 October 1973) was an Odia poet and writer. He received the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, in 1967.

Personal life[edit]

Mansingh born in Nandala village of (puri district), Odisha, India.[1] He was married and had three sons. His second son is the former diplomat and Foreign Secretary of India, Lalit Mansingh.[1]


Mansingh's literary contributions include essays, poetic plays and long narrative poems. He also translated works from Shakespeare into Odia, and authored several research articles on the History of Odisha. His poetic style is profuse with the use of romantic and erotic metaphor, for which he has earned the appellation "Prēmika kabi" (Lover poet) in Odia literature.[2] Some of his notable works include poems Krushna, Kamalayana,[3] Kōṇārka and Ēi sahakāra taḷē.

Mansingh authored several research articles on the history of Odia literature, an subject in which he had abiding interest. He also authored a history of the Odia language, documenting the general use of the language, as also the development of Odia literature. The treatise, Ōḍiā Sāhitẏara Itihāsa (History of Odia language), was published in 1962.[4][5]

Mansingh has also introduced some works of William Shakespeare into Odia literature.[6] He has translated Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello into Odia.[7]

Literary contribution[edit]


  • Dhũpa
  • Sadhaba Jhia
  • Barabati
  • Rūpadēbatā
  • Dūrē raha
  • Hemasasya
  • Hemasaspa
  • Palīsandhẏā
  • Mahānadīrē jẏōtsnā bihāra


  • Ōḍiā Sāhitẏara Itihāsa ("History of Odia language") (1962)[8]

Saraswati Fakiramohan (Biography of Fakirmohan Senapati) Sikshabitra Gatha ("Story of an Educationist")


Hamlet and Othello in Odia.[7]


  1. ^ a b Mansingh, Lalit. "Lalit Mansingh: Mayadhar Mansingh, Mayadhar Mansingh and the Beginning of Modernity in Indian Literature, '". Retrieved 22–23 September 2005.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ K. M. George; Sāhitya Akādemī (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 903–. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Amaresh Datta (1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: devraj to jyoti. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 1592–. ISBN 978-81-260-1194-0. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Dipti Ray (1 January 2007). Prataparudradeva, the Last Great Suryavamsi King of Odisha (A.D. 1497 to A.D. 1540). Northern Book Centre. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-81-7211-195-3. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Bhagabana Sahu (1 January 1997). Cultural history of Orissa, 1435-1751. Anmol Publications. ISBN 978-81-7488-654-5. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Sherry Simon; Paul St-Pierre (27 November 2000). Changing the Terms: Translating in the Postcolonial Era. University of Ottawa Press. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-0-7766-0524-1. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Changing the Terms, Translating in the Postcolonial Era. Sherry Simon and Paul St-Pierre. 272 pages . 6 x 9 ISBN 978-0-7766-0524-1 (November 2000). pp. 77
  8. ^ Mansingha, Mayadhar (1962) History of Oriya literature Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi