Manoranjan Das
(1923-07-23)23 July 1923
Cuttack district, 42 mauza, patana, Odisha, India
Died17 February 2013(2013-02-17) (aged 89)[1]
Cuttack district, Odisha, India
Literary movementmodernism, experimentalism
Notable awardsPadma Shri,
Sahitya Academy
SpouseKusum Kumari Das
ChildrenPunyasloka, Sabita,
Sujata, Sikata

Manoranjan Das (23 July 1923 – 17 February 2013) [2] was an influential Indian dramatist, and pioneer of modernism in Odia Literature. He was known for his experimentalism and deep socio-political awareness, who became most known in the 1960s with his experimental theatre.[3][4]

Amongst his most known work are, Kathagodha (The Wooden Horse) and Aranya Fasal (The Wild Harvest), which 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.[5][6]

Early life and education

Manoranjan Das marg
A street in 42 muza, patana, dedicated to Sri Manoranjan Das.

Born in 1923 in a village (named "Patana,42-Mouza, Cuttack sadar") near Cuttack, he did his schooling in Kujang near Paradip, completing his intermediate in 1942. Thereafter he joined Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.[3]


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,[7] and the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2004.[8]

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).


Works in translation


  1. ^ "Playwright Manoranjan Das dead". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ "SRJAN, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa". Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2013. Manoranjan Das was born on July 23, 1923.
  3. ^ a b Sachidanandan, p. 147-148
  4. ^ George, p. 525
  5. ^ McGraw-Hill, p. 40
  6. ^ "ORIYA: Himansu Mohapatra". The Hindu. 7 March 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011.
  7. ^ Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007:Oriya Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine Sahitya Akademi official website.
  8. ^ Padma Shri Awardees Government of India website.