Manoranjan Das
: Cuttack
District: Cuttack
Category : Literature
Born : 10 March 1923
Died : 17 February 2013
Details : Manoranjan Das (Oriya: ମନୋରଞ୍ଜନ ଦାସ) (1923-2013) was an influential Indian dramatist, and pioneer of modernism in Oriya Literature. He was known for his experimentalism and deep socio-political awareness, who became most known in the 1960s with his experimental theatre. Amongst his most known work are, Kathagodha (The Wooden Horse) and Aranya Fasal (The Wild Harvest), which won the won him the Sahitya Akademi Award (1971). In a career spanning over four decades, his plays include Janmamati (Land of Birth) written in 1943 and his latest Nandika Kesari which appeared in 1985.

He was Born in 1923 in a village near Cuttack, he did his schooling in Kunjang near Paradip, completing his intermediate in 1942. Thereafter he joined Ravenshaw College in Cuttack. He joined All India Radio where he rose to the level of Producer Emeritus. During his literary career, he has written 14 other plays, including Aranya Fasal (The Wild Harvest), which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award given Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters in 1971, and the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2004. His other plays are Jauban (Youth), August Na (The Ninth August 1947), Baxi Jagabandhu (The Sacrifice of Jagabandhu), Agami (The Oncoming), Abarodha (The Seize), Kathagodha (The Wooden Horse), and Sabdalipi (The Word-script).

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