Jagannath Prasad Das

(Puri, Odisha)

Jagannath Prasad Das
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Jagannath Prasad Das is an Oriya writer and recipient of the Saraswati Samman and Sahitya Akademi literary awards. His literary works include poetry, fiction, drama and criticism. In 2006 he was awarded the Saraswati Samman for his collection of poems, Parikrama – the third Oriya writer to be so honoured. He has also received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetic verses Je Jahar Nirjanata. His writing style is characterized by imagery and is influenced by the style of language spoken by the common people. Das has done research on palm-leaf manuscripts and published a book Palm-Leaf Miniatures. He has also researched pattachitra (the miniature paintings of Orissa) and published books, Puri... more »

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Put away the road maps now.
To go there,
you do not need
helicopters any more;
wherever there is hunger,
there Kalahandi is.

The god of rain
turned away his face.
There was not one green leaf
left on the trees for supper.
The whole village a graveyard.
Cracked ground,
drab river sand.
All the plans failed;
the poverty line
receded further.

Wherever you stare,
there Kalahandi is:
in the sunken eyes
of living skeletons,
in rags which do not
cover the frail bodies,
in the utensils
pawned off for ...

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