Pratibha Ray

Author: Pratibha Ray

Profile: Pratibha Ray is a renowned Indian fiction writer by choice and an academic by profession in contemporary India. She was born in Alabol a remote village in Jagtsinghpur district of Odisha state. In the year 1991, she became the first woman to win the Moortidevi Award. She completed her education at Ravenshaw College and Ravenshaw University, Cuttack. Through her translated works she is a household name in many parts of India and in Odisha.

 

She began her career as a school teacher, taught in Government colleges for 3 decades, published research articles and joined as Member, Public Service Commission of Odisha after retiring as Professor of Education from State Government Service.

Writing style: Pratibha Ray writes short stories and novels in Odia, her mother tongue. From a tender age of 9 she penned work related to social order based on integration, peace, love and equality. She believes herself to be a humanist and that women and men have been created differently so that society functions in a healthy way. She is also of the belief that women endowed with specialties need to be nurtured further.

Published Texts:

Novels

1974 - Barsa Basanta Baishakha

1977 – Aranya

1978 – Nishiddha Prithivi

1979 – Parichaya

1979 – Aparichita

1979 – Punyatoya ‘the story of village girl Meghi’

1980 – Meghamedura

1980 – Ashabari

1981 – Ayamarambha

1981 – Nilatrishna

1982 – Samudrara

1983 – Shilapadma

1984 – Yajnaseni

1986 – Dehatita

1988 – Uttaramarg

Adibhumi

1998 – Mahamoha

2004 – Magnamati

Travelogue

1990 - Maitripadapara Shakha Prashakha

1999 – Dura Dwividha

2000 – Aparadhira Sweda

Short Stories

1978 – Samanya Kathana

1979 – Gangashiuli

1980 – Asampata

1981 – Aikatana

1983 – Anabana

Ghasa O Akasa

1984 – Chandrabhaga O Chandrakala

1984 – Shreshtha Galpa

1986 – Abyakta

1987 – Itibut

1989 – Haripatra

1991 – Prthak Isvara

1991 – Bhagavanara Desa

1992 – Manushya Swara

1994 – Sva-nirvachita SreshthaGalpa

1996 – Sashthasati

1996 – Moksha

1998 – Ullaghna

2000 – Nivedanam Idam

2002 – Gandhinka

2006 – Jhotipaka Kantha

Awards and Acknowledgements:

1985 – ‘Odisha Sahitya Academi Award

1990 – Sarala Award

1991 – Moortidevi Award

2000 - Sahitya Akademi Award

2006 – Amrita Keerti Puraskar

2007 – Padma Shri Award

2011 – Jnanpith Award

2013 – Odisha Living Legend Award (Literature)

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