Bhubaneswar, Jan 21 (LocalWire) Eminent Odia writer, Pratibha Ray is a household name in the literary and cultural circles of Odisha.
She earned global recognition for her magnificent contribution to literature. On her 76th Birthday, let’s know some facts about her.
The legendary writer and academician Pratibha Ray was born on 21st January 1944, at Alabol, a remote village in the Balikuda area of Cuttack district, Odisha.
She was born to the eminent poet Parashuram Das and Manorama Devi.
Pratibha did her schooling from Balikuda High School. She dropped out of her medical college to fulfil her dream to be a writer and pursued basic science at Ravenshaw University without informing her parents.
She started writing at the age of nine and posted all her poems to the literary corner of a reputed newspaper, The Prajatantra.
She married Akshaya Chandra Ray, an Engineer in Odisha Government, but continued with writing. She did her Master’s in Education and Ph.D in Educational Psychology.
Her first novel “Barsha-Basanta-Baishakha” was published in the year 1974 which is one of the gems of Odia literature. Gradually, Pratibha started focusing on creative writing and became the hallmark of fiction in Odia Literature.
Her novel “Aadibhoomi” (Primal Land) is a masterpiece in Indian literature.
She’s the author of 21 novels, 24 short story collections, 10 travelogues, 2 books of thought provoking Essays, 1 collection of lyrics, 1 poetry collection.
She started her professional career as a school teacher and taught in various Government Colleges across Odisha for a span of thirty years.
She has been a member of several academic and government bodies including the General Assembly of Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Central Board of Film Certification, Indian Red Cross Society, and National Book Trust of India.
She has also been a member of Central Academy of Letters, Member of Advisory Board (Hindi) of Railway and Coal Ministry, Member, Odia Bhasa Pratisthan, Member, Academic Council, Culture University, Govt. of Odisha, Life Member and IIPA, INTACH, Delhi.
She is the first woman to receive the Moortidevi Award. She has also been honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 2011, the highest literary award of the country.
Ray has also been awarded with the Padma Shri Award, Utkal Pragyan Title by Bhubaneswar Doordarshan Kendra, 2012, Gopichand National Award for Literature, Hyderabad, 2008, Sarla Award for her novel “Yajnaseni”, 1990, Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel “Shilapadma”, 1985.
She has earned global recognition for her books including Magnamati, Adi Bhoomi, Jajnaseni, Mahamoha, Maharaniputra, Shilapadma, Punyatoya, Nishidha Prithivi, Barsha Basanta Baisakha.
Editing by Sivangi Dash