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Binapani Mohanty
Odia writer Binapani Mohanty
Odia writer Binapani Mohanty
Born(1936-11-11)11 November 1936[1]
Chandol, Kendrapada, Bengal Presidency, British Raj
Died24 April 2022(2022-04-24) (aged 85)[2]
Cuttack, Odisha, India
EducationPost Graduate in Economics
Alma materRavenshaw College
PeriodPost Colonial
GenrePoem , Short Story
Years active1960–2022
Notable worksPatadei , Kasturi Mruga o Sabuja Aranya
Notable awardsPadmashree, Sahitya Akademi Award

Binapani Mohanty (11 November 1936 – 24 April 2022)[3] was an Indian Odia language writer and academician. She was well known for her works such as Patadei and Kasturi Mriga. She was a professor in economics before retiring. She had been awarded Padmashree by the Government of India and Atibadi Jagannatha Das Sammana by Odisha Sahitya Akademi. She had earlier won the Sahitya Akademi Award and Sarala Award. She had served as chairperson of Odisha Lekhika Sansad.

Early life and professional career

Binapani was born to Chaturbhuja Mohanty and Kumudini Mohanty. Her family was from a village near Kendrapada called Chandol (then part of the undivided Cuttack district). However her father was a government servant and was posted at Berhampore where she was born in the year 1936. She completed her matriculation in 1953 and then went on to study economics. She got her bachelor's degree in 1957 and post graduation degree in 1959 from Ravenshaw college, Cuttack.[4] She later worked as a lecturer and was posted to various colleges. She retired from Sailabala Women's College in 1992.

Literary career

Binapani Mohanty has carved a niche for herself in the field of Odia fiction writing. Her literary career as a story-teller began with the publication of ‘Gotie Ratira Kahani’ in 1960. Some of her best known stories are Pata Dei, Khela Ghara, Naiku Rasta, Bastraharana, Andhakarara, Kasturi Murga O Sabuja Aranya and Michhi Michhika. It was the collection of short stories entitled 'Pata Dei and other Stories', that won the 1990 Sahitya Akademi.[5] She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2020.[6][7]

Her short story Pata Dei was published as Lata in Femina in 1986. In 1987, its Hindi dramatisation was telecast in Doordarshan as a series called Kashmakash.[8]

Many short stories of Binapani Mohanty have been translated into different languages such as English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Urdu, Telugu and Russian. A film was made on her story " Andhakarara Chhai" and has been highly appreciated by the audience.

She has also penned three novels: Sitara Sonita, Manaswini and Kunti, Kuntala, Shakuntala and a one-act play entitled Kranti. She has translated Russian folk-tales from English to Odia, among other translations.


She has won numerous awards including Padmashree. Few of them are noted below.[4]



Short Story




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  3. ^ Eminent litterateur Binapani Mohanty passes away
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  5. ^ "AKADEMI AWARDS (1955-2019)". Sahitya Akademi. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Odisha's padma prides". The New Indian Express. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes given Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Here's full list of Padma award recipients". The Economic Times. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  8. ^ Kali for Women (Organization); Mohanty, C.T.; Kalpakian, L. (1994). The Slate of Life: More Contemporary Stories by Women Writers of India. Fiction: Asian studies. Feminist Press at the City University of New York. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-55861-088-0. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  9. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (2002). Manasvini (in Odia). Kadambini Pablikesanas. OCLC 499546110.
  10. ^ Mahanti, Binapani; Mohanty, A. K. (2005). Kunti Kuntala Shakuntala. Kalpaz Publications. ISBN 81-7835-418-7. OCLC 636785957.
  11. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1967). Kasturi mrga o sabuja aranya (in Odia). Niu shtudents shtora. OCLC 30990591.
  12. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1977). Kalantara (in Odia). Buksa end Buksa. OCLC 499664573.
  13. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1972). Tatinira trshna (in Odia). Odisa Buk Shtora. OCLC 19013616.
  14. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1980). Bastra harana (in Odia). Buks enda Buks. OCLC 17032996.
  15. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1978). Arohana (in Odia). Sathi Mahala. OCLC 7197095.
  16. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1997). Abhinetri (in Odia). Aryya Prakasana. ISBN 81-7412-079-3. OCLC 37992908.
  17. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1994). Ekaki Parasara (in Odia). Aryya Prakasana. ISBN 81-7412-024-6. OCLC 33042360.
  18. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1992). Asru anala (in Odia). Granthamandira. OCLC 29359915.
  19. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1992). Sakunira chaka (in Odia). Odisa Buk Shtora. OCLC 29184434.
  20. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1998). Khela calichi (in Odia). Granthamandira. OCLC 40706553.
  21. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1981). Anya aranya (in Odia). Phrendas Pablisarsa. OCLC 17620445.
  22. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1973). Sayahnara svara : galpaguccha (in Odia). Sathi Mahala. OCLC 19013893.
  23. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (2004). Barsha, barsha, Bharatabarsha (in Odia). Larka Buksa. ISBN 81-7375-122-6. OCLC 806291975.
  24. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (2007). Apahañca akasa (in Odia). Pascima Pablikesanas. OCLC 300278185.
  25. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1976). Andhakarara chai (in Odia). Sathimahal. OCLC 977232169.
  26. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (2001). Padma ghuñci ghuñci yauchi (in Odia). Pascima Pablikesansa. OCLC 47863357.
  27. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (1986). Patadei (in Odia). Bidyapuri. OCLC 499120436.
  28. ^ Mahanti, Binapani (2016). Bitiyaithiba dina (in Odia). OCLC 954038682.
  29. ^ Bidyutprabha Devi; Mahanti, Binapani (1978). Kabi Bidyutprabha (in Odia). Bidyutprabha Smaranika Kamiti ; Paribeshaka Nabajyoti Karyalaya, Sriarabinda Asrama. OCLC 6864447.
  30. ^ Mahanti, Binapani; Odisa Lekhika Samsada (2014). Odia lekhika : uttara maddhyaparba = Odia lekhika : Uttar-madhya parba (in Odia). OCLC 904399798.
  31. ^ Mahanti, Binapani; Nayaka, Rumjhum (2003). Ama samayara galpa (in Odia). Pascima Pablikesansa. OCLC 317068406.
  32. ^ Mahanti, Binapani; Odisa Lekhika Samsada (1998). Bhumi : kabita sankalana, 98-99 (in Odia). Pascima Pablikesansa. OCLC 47630783.