Santanu Kumar Acharya

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Santanu Kumar Acharya
Santanu Acharya during Fakirmohan birthday celebration, Santikanana, Baleswar, Odisha 14-01-2014.JPG
Acharya during Fakir Mohan's 172nd birthday celebration at Santikanana, Balasore, Odisha
Born (1933-05-15) 15 May 1933 (age 84)
Mominpur, Kolkata
Occupation Professor
Language Odia
Education MSc (Chemistry)
Alma mater Ravenshaw college
Genre Litterateur, fiction writer
Subject Novels, Short Stories, Essays and Children's Literature
Notable works Nara Kinnara
Shatabdira Nachiketa
Dakshinabarta
Shakuntala
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi
Spouse Nirupama Acharya
Children Three daughters: Prajeshnandini (Bulbul), Nibedita (Sulu), Julie

Santanu Kumar Acharya is an Indian writer. Santanu Kumar Acharya, born on 1933 in Kolkata, hails from the village Siddheswar Pur of Cuttack district, Odisha.[1] He served the Government of Odisha as a college teacher for 34 years from 1958 to 1992 when he retired as the Registrar of Utkal University.[2]

Selected works[edit]

He has written 15 novels, 22 short story collections comprising about 400 stories, and 10 children's books.[3]

Novels[edit]

  • Nara-Kinnara, 1962 (The Man and the Sub Humans)
  • Shatabdira Nachiketa, 1965 (The Nachiketas of the Century)
  • Tinoti Ratira Sakala, 1969 (The mornings of three dark nights)
  • Dakshinabarta, 1973 (The turning point)
  • Jatrara Prathama Pada, 1976 (The First Leg of the Journey)
  • Anya Eka Sakaala Anya Eka Bharat, 1977 (It is another morning and it is another India)
  • Shakuntala, 1980 (a novel on the Naxallite movements)
  • Mantrinka Share, 1988 (The Minister's Share)
  • Dharitrira Kanda, 1994 (The Weeping Earth)
  • Anu Hajijibapare, 1996 (After Anu Got Lost)
  • Adrushya Jagataru Barta, 1996 (Messages from the Unknown Worlds)
  • Billy Goat Banam Uruvela Ghotak, 1997 (The man named Billy Goat alias The Laughung Horse of the Uruvela Forest where Goutama Buddha received Enlihtenment)
  • Swarna Tribhuja, 1998 ( Antholpgy of three novellas : Billy Goat.., Adrushya Jagataru Barta and Mantrinka Share)
  • Trishna: Eka Anaviskrita America, 1999 (The girl named Trishna: The Undiscovered America)
  • Anomara Kanya, 2002 (The daughter Of Anoma or the River Maha Nadi)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Mana Murmur, 1962 (The Murmuring Mind)
  • Durbaara, 1965 (The Incorrigible)
  • Eii Shesha Padati, 1972 (This last utterance)
  • Aranyara Chula, 1974 (The Tip of The Forest)
  • Adina Boula, 1978 (Mango blossoms out of season)
  • Ekabinsha Satabdi Paain Galpa, 1978 (Stories for the Twenty First Century)
  • Karanjia Diary, 1984 (Based on the real life adventures and observations of the author in Karanjia, Mayurbhanj District
  • Aadya Sakaala, 1985 (The first dawn)
  • Sarpa Jaana, 1989 (The Snake Vehicle)
  • Chalanti Thaakura, 1991 (God who Responds)
  • Nataliyara Omkar, 1995 (The OM utterance of Nataliya)
  • Galpa Varnali, 1997 (The Spectrum of Stories)
  • Shreshtha Galpa, 1998 (A collection of the Best Short Stories)
  • Jala Chhabira Raati, 1999 (A Night of Water Colors)
  • Drushya-Adrushya, 2002 (The visible and the invisible)
  • Chhaya Purusha, 2005 (The Person in the Shadow )
  • Record Breaker, 2006
  • Trutiya Netra, 2007 (The Third Eye)
  • Santanu Acharya's Galpa Samagra (Collection of short stories of the author)
    • Vol 1, 2009
    • Vol 2, 2011
  • Kala Pardara Aarapate, 2013 (Behind the Black Veil)
  • Santanu Acharya-nka Smaraniya Galpa, 2015 (Twenty Memorable Short Stories of the author)

Children's literature[edit]

  • Mo Katha Ghoda Katha Kahe, 1961 (My Wooden Horse Speaks)
  • Baga Bagichara Saudagara, 1962 (The Merchants of our gardens)
  • Akashaku Satoti Pahacha, 1963 (Seven Steps to the Heavens : A science fiction on Space Flight)
  • Koshi Upatyakara Rajkumar Mohan, 1964 (Mohan, the Prince of the Koshi Valley)
  • Shaktira Karamati, 1971 (A book of Science on Machines and Power for Children)
  • Mo Naan Da Vinci O Niaan Laga Opi, 1980 (My name is Da Vinchi and Opi the incendiary i,e Oppenheimer the creator of the first atom bomb; Biographies)
  • Nitidinia Jeebanare Bijnana, 1989 (Science in Everyday Life for Children )
  • Baigyanika Abiskara o Udbhabana, 1989 (Important Scientific Discoveries and Life of Scientists)
  • Dine Akasha bi na thila, 2001 (Once upon a Time there were no Skies over our heads; Cosmology for Children)
  • Peeta Prastara Udyana, 2010 (A travelogue on the Yellow Stone National Park, US)
  • Autobiography:

Mo Jeeban : Anya Eka Upanyasa, 2013 (My Life is Another Novel)

  • Travelogue:

Baichitryamaya Desha: America Bhramana, 2015 (The Mysterious Country: America - A travelogue)

Author's Books Translated into other languages:

  • English:
    • Shakuntala : Award Winning Original Novel in Odia Language,1980, Translated to English by Lipipushpa Nayak, First Edition 2014
    • Anoma's Daughter: Award winning Original Novel in Odia, Anomara Kanya,(2003), Translated to English by Bibhas Mohanty and the author
    • Santanu Kumar Acharya: Collection of Short Stories, Publ: Grass Roots, Kolkata, 2004, Translated by St-Pierre, Leelawati Mohapatra and K.K. Mohapatra.
  • Hindi:
    • Nara Kinnara ( 1st Published in Odia language in Odisha, 1962, Odisha Sahitya Academy Award Winning Classic Odia Novel),Translated from Odia to Hindi by Shanakar Lal Purohit, Published, by Vijaya Books, Sahadara Delhi,2017, ISBN 978-83-81480-67-0 Parameter error in {{isbn}}: Invalid ISBN.
    • Shakuntala ( Prestigious 1987 Sarala Prize Winning Odia Novel,First Published in Odisha, 1980 ), Publ: Radhakrishna Prakashan (Rajkamal) Pvt Ltd,( 1997) Dariya Ganj, Delhi-2, Traanslated from author's original novel Shakuntala in Odia to Hindi by Prof Radhakanta Mishra.
    • Dakshinavarta, 2002 (Novel), Translated from author's novel Dakshinavarta in Odia to Hindi by Dr Srinivas Udgata
    • Gujarati:
    • Dakshinavarta (Novel), Publ: 1986, Translated from Author's original Odia Novel Dakshinavarta to Gujarati and published by Dr Ranuka Sriram
  • Bengali:
    • Chalanti Thakura (Academy Award Winning Book: Short Story Collection of the author) Publ:1991, Translated from Author's Original Short Story Collection to Bengali by Shyamasundar Mahapatra and Amitrasudan Bhattacharya, Publisher: Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2016.

Awards[edit]

Santanu Acharya speaking during Fakir Mohan Senapati's 172nd Jayanti at Shantikanana, Balasore
  • National Award for Children's Literature from the Ministry of Education, Government of India (1961 and 1963)
    • 1961: for Mo katha ghoda katha kahe (My Wooden Horse Speaks; Science Fiction for Children)
    • 1963, for Akashaku satoti pahacha (Seven Steps to Heavens; Science Fiction for Children on Space Travel)
  • Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award, 1962 (for his novel Nara Kinnara)
  • Sarala Puraskara, 1987 ; A prestigious literary award offered annually by Odisha's famous industrial house IMFA, for his novel Shakuntala
  • Sahitya Akademi Award, 1993 (Indian National Academy of Literature) for his short story book Chalanti Thakura (The Living God)
  • Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata, Konarka Prize, 1994, for his short story book: Chalanti Thakura (The Living God)
  • Sahitya Bharati Puraskar, 2004, by Gangadhara Ratha Foundation, for his life-time achievements and contributions to Odia Literature
  • Katha Puraskar, 2003, by Katha Bharati Foundation, New Delhi, for his Odia novel: Anomara Kanya, translated into English as Anoma's Daughter
  • Atibadi Jagannath Das Award, the highest honour given by the State, conferred by Sahitya Akademy, Odisha, for lifelong contribution to Odia literature and excellence, in a special ceremony, on 25 July 2014, at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Santanu Kumar Acharya
  2. ^ "Katha | Writers". katha.org. Retrieved 30 January 2013. in 1992 he retired as the registrar of Utkal University, Orissa. 
  3. ^ "Odisha News | A Complete Information Portal on Odisha | Santanu Kumar Acharya". odisha.360.batoi.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013. He has published 15 full length novels, 20 volumes of short story collections, 10 books of Children's Literature, Autobiography ( 2013) , Travelogue( 2015) apart from many more books on general literature 

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