CUTTACK: An eminent writer, social worker and former editor of the daily newspaper “The Samaja” Manorama Mohapatra in Odia died here on Saturday. She was 87 years old and had two daughters and two sons. Mohapatra complained of chest pain and was admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, where she took her last breath in the evening.
Born June 10, 1934, Mohapatra inherited Dr Kahe Satakshi’s column in 1998 from her father. Your father Padma Bhushan Dr. Rath was a well-known freedom fighter and president of Lok Sevak Mandal.
Mohapatra has more than 40 books and novels. Her first book “Juar Jeiunti Uthe”, a collection of revolutionary poems about empowering women, was published in 1960. Her literary works include “Ardhanareeswara”, “Baidehi Visarjita”, “Sanghatir Samhita”, “Shakti Rupena Sansthita”, “Roopam Roopam Pratirupam”, “Smruti Chandan”, “Samay Purusha”, “Smritir Naimisharanya”, “Arup Aaloir Naimisharanya” in Bengali, “Ye Prithvi Sarsajjya” and “Uttara Niruttara”. In addition to her literary and social work contributions, she was a famous speaker who dominated the public speaking space for more than 60 years.
She won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984, the Soviet Nehru Award in 1988, the Critic Circle of India Award in 1990, the Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar Samman in 1991, the Rupambara Award in 1994, the Utkal Sahitya Samaj Award, the Gangadhar Meher Samman, the Sahitya Praveena Award , Sarala. honored Award and Sucharita Award during her illustrious career.
For her immense contribution to the field of literature, she was appointed secretary of Utkal Sahitya Samaj from 1982 to 1990 and, in 1991, became the first woman in this position to be president of the Odisha Sahitya Akademi until 1994.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik and a large number of eminent people condoled her death. Expressing deep sorrow over her death, Modi tweeted: “Distressed over the death of the well-known litterateur Manorama Mohapatra Ji. She will be remembered for her writings on a variety of subjects, condolences to her family and admirers. Om Shanti. “
Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik said she had a special place in Odisha’s cultural space as a pedagogue, writer and good speaker. He added that she played a key role in raising awareness of various social issues, women’s rights and their problems. The Prime Minister said that as the editor of Samaj, she upholds high ideals in journalism and, as a member of Loksevak Mandal, she plays a key role in social service.
The union’s education minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, said words cannot express their contribution to the enrichment of Odisha’s literature and culture. Her death created a void that could not be filled, he added. On her death, OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik said she will be remembered for her deep insight, integrity and social service.
The vice-president of the national BJP, Baijayant Panda, the vice-chairman of the state planning committee Sanjay Dasburma and many eminent figures condoled her death. Their last rites are performed on Sunday in Swargadwar in Puri.