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Mohes Chandra Mohapatra

Born in 1913, Mohes Chandra Mohapatra left institutional studies at school in the tenth class, inspired by the Independence Movement, and partook in Labana Satyagraha. He began his literary pursuits in the late thirties publishing his first play in 1940. Over the years, he has penned six novels, two stories, four plays and two works of non-fiction. His last work was the translation of Valmiki Ramayana in two volumes, which he wrote as an octogenarian and was published by the Odisha Sahitya Academy. A passionate reader of world literature, his translation of Stephan Zweig’s ‘Letter from an Unknown Woman’ into Odiya in his book Dui Kanyara Kahani is a brilliant effort at bringing world literature to be accessed by those conversant with Odiya. He has won much recognition including citation from the Odisha Sahitya Academy and the Sarla Foundation Award.

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KHYUDHA (HUNGER)

Books by Mohes Chandra Mohapatra

A pre-independence period play set in 1943. Rabindra, a widower, is a rich, London-educated entrepreneur who owns a bank and is a coveted member of the elite of Cuttack City. Lonely and increasingly disillusioned with the sheer duplicity of the prevalent elitist social order, he turns into an alcoholic. Kanaka, a destitute village girl educated in Gandhi Ashram, comes into his life by chance and is provided a job and shelter in his home. Despite her modest bac

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