Nityananda Mohapatra
: Bhadrak
District: Bhadrak
Category : Literature
Born : 17 June 1912
Died : 17 April 2012
Details : Nityananda Mohapatra was an Indian Oriya politician, poet and journalist. He was imprisoned three times by the British Raj between 1930 and 1942 for nationalist activities. He came to literary prominence as editor of the Oriya magazine Dagara, and as a short story writer after independence. In his political career Mohapatra served as a member of the Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1957 to 1971 and as state Minister of Supply and Cultural Affairs from 1967 to 1971. Mohapatra received the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1974 and the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987 for his novel Gharadiha. He died on 17 April 2012 at around 9:45 AM at Kharavelanagar, Bhubaneswar, Orissa from complications of Respiratory Failure. He had been in a coma at the Aditya Care Hospital following a breathing problem. He was three months short of his 100th birthday.

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