Jagadish Mohanty
: Jharsuguda
District: Jharsuguda
Category : Literature
Born : 17 February 1951
Died : 29 December 2013
Details : Jagadish Mohanty (17 February 1951 – 29 December 2013) was a renowned Oriya writer, considered as a trendsetter in modern Oriya fiction, has received the prestigious Sarala Award 2003, Orissa Sahitya Akademy Award 1990, Jhankar Award, 1985 Dharitri Award, Prajatantra Award. Born in Gorumahishani, Mayurbhanj.an iron mines of northern periphery of Orissa, he spent more than 30 years of his life working in the coal mines in western periphery of Orissa. Though he kept himself away from the cultural capital of Orissa, but still his writings highlighted him in the mainstream of Oriya literature and culture.

Indian feminist writer Sarojini Sahoo is his wife and he has two children Anubhav and Sambedana. He died in 2013. He has been awarded with prestigious Sarala Award, sponsored by IMFA foundation in 2003 for his short story collection Suna Ilishi Awarded with Orissa Sahitya Akademy, 1990 for his novel Kanishka Kanishka. Awarded with Jhankar Award,Utkal Sahitya Samaj Katha Samman[4] and Bhubaneswar Book fair Award for his contribution to Oriya fiction. Besides this he has been felicated and awarded by Mahanadi Coal fields Limited (a subsidiary of Coal India), M/S J.K.Paper Mills Ltd, Jay Kay Pur, the Daily news paper Dharirti and other various institutions of Orissa. He was the editor of a Literary journal “The Sambartaka” from 1980 –82 .the journal has a great significant value in the history of fiction writing in Oriya literature. Documentary Delhi Doordarshan, a National Channel of India has telecast a documentary film on both Jagadish and Sarojini, the couple writer of India under the title of Literary post card. Dr. Satti Khanna, of Duke University, Durham directed the documentary.

His stories have been translated in English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Telugu. His translated stories have been anthologized in different short story collections of Harper Collins, National Book Trust, Sahitya Academy, and Gyanapitha. He himself also translated different Oriya prose and poetry into Hindi and has been published in different Hindi literary magazines. He also occasionally writes in Hindi and his first Hindi story was published in Dharmayuga in 1979. Since then he occasionally writes in different Hindi magazines like Samakaleen Bharatiya Sahitya, Dharmayuga, Sarika, Sakshatkar.

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