After the death of his father Radhanath Rath, Manorama Mohapatra became the Editor-in-Chief of the Oriya daily ‘Samaj’. This story is from 1998. But as a writer, he won many awards, including the Padma Shri (2009) and the 1984 Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award, and most importantly, the love of the readers and the appreciation of the critics. She was one of the pioneers of Oriya language literature. His 40 books in the three genres of poetry, short stories and novels will now, after his death on September 18, continue to testify to this feat.
Manorama was born in 1934. As the father was active in the freedom movement, the girl was also imparted new training or education. In the post-independence period, however, he graduated with a degree in economics from Ravenshaw College. Manorama’s writings flourished after her marriage to Padarbind Mohapatra of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). At the age of 27, his first collection of poems came in book form. His name is Juara Jeunti Uthe (the tide of the tide). This collection can be seen as a reflection of the rebellious tendency of the first generation after independence to question ideology without taking it for granted. Her 1979 collection of short stories Gharar Kabat (Closed Door of the House) is important because of the feminist roar that emerges from the short stories. Raising two daughters and two sons as a mother, she has also written five children’s books since 1967. He translated Oriya translations of contemporary Russian poetry, and the collection won the Soviet Land Award. After a long hiatus, his next collection of poetry, Ardh Narishwar, was released in 1991. Smriti Chandan and Ame Sabu Nirab Darshak were published by 2005. This poetic journey shows the journey from questioning the society through individualistic discomfort to examining the social perceptions from the feminist consciousness and beyond, to assess the misery of the society. As she grew older, Manorama’s connections with many social, educational and charitable organizations grew. She was one of the founders of the Loksevak Yuva Mandal in Cuttack. His social work was spread over the homeless, leprosy sanctuary, State Women’s Vigilance Committee, Odisha Sahitya Akademi, Radhanath Rath Trust and Science College. He was also known as a great orator.