Jump to navigation. The money-lender's clutches are like a spider's; and tor the victim the web is invisible until too late. The passage to inhuman bondage of Gopinath Mohanty's tribal protagonists takes just a moment - the quick clink of the moneylender's coins. Scores of articles and novels have been written about the stranglehold of money-lenders and of their usurping the righls of tribals. Yet, hardly has any outsider penetrated the bamboo curtain to present these people as individuals.
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Gopinath Mohanty — , winner of the Jnanpith award, and the first winner of the National Sahitya Akademi Award in - for his novel, Amrutara Santana - was a prolific Odia writer of the mid-twentieth century. Satya Prakash Mohanty, Professor of English, Cornell University says: "In my opinion, Gopinath Mohanty is the most important Indian novelist in the second half of the twentieth century.
Mohanty joined the Odisha Administrative Service in and retired in He died at San Jose, California on 20 August His literary output was prolific. He wrote twenty-four novels, ten collections of short stories, three plays, two biographies, two volumes of critical essays, and five books on the languages of the Kandha , Gadaba and Saora tribes of Odisha. Paraja is a story based on the life of a tribal community.
It is the tale of one's attachment to land, the soil of one's ancestors. Sitakant Mahapatra describes the novel as " the story of shattered dreams". Amrutara Santana , the first novel to receive the Central Sahitya Akademi Award , is centred round the life of the Kandhas , another tribe in the southern parts of Odisha.
In the post-Independence era Odia fiction assumed a new direction. The trend which Fakir Mohan Senapati had started developed after the s. Gopinath Mohanty, Surendra Mohanty and Manoj Das are considered the three literary jewels of this period.
They were pioneers of a new trend, namely, that of developing or projecting the "individual as protagonist" in Odia fiction. Another of Gopinath's stories, 'Pimpudi' has had great influence. It is the story of a forest officer checking rice smuggling to Madras. The first three have been translated by Bikram K.
Besides, a number of short stories of Gopinath have also been translated. However, translators have attempted to convey the richness and complexity of the original texts to readers unfamiliar with Odia. Mohanty received the Visuva Milan citation in It was the first Sahitya Akademi Award ever given to a creative literary work in any language or any genre.
In , the government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan on him in recognition of his distinguished contribution to literature. He was an Emeritus Fellow of the Government of India for creative writing.
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New world literature series. Publishing Corporation. The story Pimpudi for example , where a young officer goes to the mountainous southern border of Orissa to check rice - smuggling in a tribal market , explores the depth of individual consciousness in a vision of vast expanse.
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The Paraja in Gopinath Mohanty ’ s Paraja
Gopinath Mohanty — , winner of the Jnanpith award, and the first winner of the National Sahitya Akademi Award in - for his novel, Amrutara Santana - was a prolific Odia writer of the mid-twentieth century. Satya Prakash Mohanty, Professor of English, Cornell University says: "In my opinion, Gopinath Mohanty is the most important Indian novelist in the second half of the twentieth century. Mohanty joined the Odisha Administrative Service in and retired in He died at San Jose, California on 20 August His literary output was prolific. He wrote twenty-four novels, ten collections of short stories, three plays, two biographies, two volumes of critical essays, and five books on the languages of the Kandha , Gadaba and Saora tribes of Odisha.