Mayadhar Mansingh
BornMayadhar Mansingh
(1905-11-13)13 November 1905
Nandala, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died11 October 1973(1973-10-11) (aged 67)
Cuttack, Orissa, India
Resting placeCuttack
Notable worksKonarka
Ei Sahakara tale
ChildrenLalit Mansingh (Son) Lalu Mansinha (son) Labanyendu (son)

Mayadhar Mansingh (13 November 1905 – 11 October 1973) was an Indian poet and writer who wrote in Odia. He received the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, in 1967.

Personal life

Mansingh was born in Nandala village, Krushnaprasad Tahasil of Puri district, Odisha, India.[1] He was married to Hemalata and had 5 children. From oldest to youngest, "Lalatendu, Lalitendu, Labanyendu (deceased) and Nivedita and the youngest daughter, Sanghamitra(deceased)." His second son was a former diplomat, Foreign Secretary of India, a former High Commissioner of India to the UK, and a former Ambassador of India to the United States, Lalit Mansingh.[1]


Mansingh's literary contributions include essays, poetic plays and long narrative poems. He also authored several research articles on the History of Odisha.He also worked as Head of the Jnankosh Project of Utkal University. His poetic style is profuse with the use of romantic and erotic metaphor, for which he has earned the appellation "Prēmika kabi" (Lover poet) in Odia literature. He wrote books like The Saga of the Land of Jagannatha (English) which portrays vividly the ancient history of Odisha. He also wrote books in Odia like Mahatabani, Geeta Mahatmya and Sarbajanina Geeta, which were published by J. Mohapatra & co (Now Mass Media Pvt Ltd), Cuttack. The Saga of the Land of Jagannatha is published by Mass Media Pvt Ltd.[2] Some of his notable works include poems Krushna, Kamalayana,[3] Kōṇārka and Ēi sahakāra taḷē.

Mansingh authored several research articles[4][5] on the history of Odia literature, a subject in which he had abiding interest. He also authored a history of the Odia language, documenting the general use of the language, as also the development of Odia literature. The treatise, Ōḍiā Sāhitẏara Itihāsa (History of Odia language), was published in 1962.[6][7]

Mansingh has also introduced some works of William Shakespeare into Odia literature.[8] He has translated Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello into Odia.[9]

Literary contribution



Saraswati Fakiramohan (Biography of Fakirmohan Senapati) Sikshabitra Gatha ("Story of an Educationist") Kabi O Kabita ("Poet and Poetry")


He translated famous Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet and Othello in Odia.[9]

Dr Mayadhar Mansingh Memorial High School

Dr Mayadhar Mansingh Memorial High School is established in the year 1982 in Nandala Village of Krushnaprasad.

See also


  1. ^ a b Mansingh, Lalit. "Lalit Mansingh: Mayadhar Mansingh, Mayadhar Mansingh and the Beginning of Modernity in Indian Literature, '". Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2005.
  2. ^ K. M. George; Sāhitya Akādemī (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology. Sahitya Akademi. p. 903. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0.
  3. ^ Amaresh Datta (1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: devraj to jyoti. Sahitya Akademi. p. 1592. ISBN 978-81-260-1194-0.
  4. ^ granddaughter Soumya Mansinha Ditor
  5. ^ person - granddaughter Soumya Mansinha Ditor
  6. ^ Dipti Ray (2007). Prataparudradeva, the Last Great Suryavamsi King of Odisha (A.D. 1497 to A.D. 1540). Northern Book Centre. p. 141. ISBN 978-81-7211-195-3.
  7. ^ Bhagabana Sahu (1997). Cultural history of Orissa, 1435-1751. Anmol Publications. ISBN 978-81-7488-654-5.
  8. ^ Sherry Simon; Paul St-Pierre (2000). Changing the Terms: Translating in the Postcolonial Era. University of Ottawa Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7766-0524-1.
  9. ^ a b Changing the Terms, Translating in the Postcolonial Era. Sherry Simon and Paul St-Pierre. 272 pages . 6 × 9 ISBN 978-0-7766-0524-1 (November 2000). pp. 77
  10. ^ Mansingha, Mayadhar (1962) History of Oriya literature Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi