Damayanti Beshra is a Santali author and Adivasi researcher. She is known for literature of Santali language.[1] In 2020 she was honoured by Padma Shri for her remarkable contribution to Santhali literature.[2]

Damayanti Beshra
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Damayanti Beshra receiving Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind

18 February 1962
Bobeijoda, Mayurbhanj, Odisha
EducationB.A, M.A, PhD in Odia
Alma materRama Devi Women's College, Bhubaneswar
Utkal University
Known forPoet and writer in Santali
Gangadhar Hansda
(m. 1988)
Parent(s)Rajmal Majhi (Father)
Pungi Majhi (Mother)
AwardsSahitya Akademi Award
Literature Award
HonoursPadma Shri

She was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009. She also publishes the first women's magazine in Santali language called Karam Dar.

She is the first female writer in the language to author and publish an anthology of poems ‘Jiwi Jharna’ in 1994.[3]She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2020.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Meet The Author Damayanti Beshra" (PDF). Sahitya Akademi. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Manoj Das, Prashant Patnaik Among 11 From Odisha Receive Padma Awards From President". odishatv.in. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  3. ^ "Odisha's padma prides". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  4. ^ "Odisha's padma prides". The New Indian Express. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  5. ^ "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.