Balasore, October 1 (LocalWire): A little-known poet Arakhita Parija from village Kujang in Jagatsingpur district was felicitated by Bhala Kabita Khoj (BKK), a literary body of Balasore, during its 75th session on Sunday here.
The poets and writers attending the session pointed out that Parija’s creations in Odia, primarily on human and social issues, are unique and of high standard and values, yet he was hardly recognised in the literary circle of the state.
“He has written about 2,000 poems that are so far confined to his diaries only.
They were never published and some poets have even deceived him.
He is a victim of deception. There are even reputed writers and poets who resorted to plagiarism and published some of them in their credits,” poet, writer and critic Krusna Kumar Mohanty said.
Another poet Kabi Sridev said that Parija was an unsung poet of Odisha.
“We thought about publishing his collections in a phased manner.
He is a very simple man with uncommon abilities,” Sridev stated.
Parija also recited some of his poems during the session that was also attended by functionaries of Fakir Mohan Sahitya Parishad and Radhanath Sahitya Parishad.
“Bhala Kabita Khoj which is in a mission to discover new writings and writers and find out something beyond the traditional form and style of writing has done a wonderful job by recognising and felicitating Parija on this platform,” Radhanath Sahitya Parishad president and Rebati editor Subasini Jena said.
Addressing the session Parija said, “There is no meaning of writing if one doesn’t understand the meaning of it and touches to his own soul.”
About 40 poets and writers including Dr Harish Chandra Behera, Dr Subash Patra, Dr Laxmikanta Tripathy, Manaswni Devi, Devjani Das, Sarojini Dash, Pritilekha Das, Aruna Ray, Dipak Bose, Sitansu Lenka, Nibarana Jena, and Pradip Chatterjee attended the function.