Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chittaranjan Das, Manoj Das, & Mahapatra Nilamani Sahu

Born on October 3rd 1923 Sri Chittaranjan Das has been admired by his readers as a renowned creative talent. He is exceptional in his essays, travel literature and in the field of translation and has vast command over foreign languages. In 1960, for his essay Jeevana Bidyalaya he was awarded by Orissa Sahitya Akademi. He was adorned with Sarala Award in 1989 for his essay Orissa O’ Oriya. In the year 2000, he has been awarded by Kendra Sahitya Akademi for his lucid essary ‘Biswaku Gabaksha’.
His essay and lucid writings include Sila O’ Salarma (1958), Samaja, Paribartan O’ Bikasha (1958), Kete Diganta (1972), Taranga O’ Tadita (1975), Manishad (1978), Ekalabya Katha O’ Anyanya Prabandha (1978), Jatire Mu Jabana (1979), Siksharu Sankaramana (1981), Sanskruti O’ Odisha (1981), Gandhi Gopabandhu (1981), Nakha Darpanena (1982), Pasyati Dishi Dishi (1986), Aramya Rachana (1986), Odisha O’ Odia (1988), Aau Eka Drushtire (1990), Neta O’ Narayana (1990), Chid Bistara, Sabu Mulare Manisha, Hasa Kete Kanda Kete, Grantha Manthana, Sampadakara Stambha (1st, 2nd, And 3rd), Anabana Rachana, Abhaya Amitrate And Kalaku Kajwala.
His travel literatures include Nepalapathe (1948), Ganjamalare Satadina (1955), Sagara Jatri (1955), Denmark Chithi (1955), Shilatirth (1991), Bharataru Chin (1988), Ertej Israel, Sagara Patha, His Poetry Includes Dui Adhyaya (1948). His Translation Include Samaja Gabesana Bidhi, Dasi Silia, Raj Kumar Mahamanaba, Bidrohi Atma, Mo Jeevana O’ Sadhada, Dasisil Ja Rajkumar, Sammohini, Chasi, Voctor Jivago, Mo Hrudaya Pilanka Pain, Jane Sikshakanku Chithi, Jasnaya Polyana, Rabindra Galpa Chayana, Russia Chithi, Dui Bhouni, Binodini, Prathama Pratisruti, Chhatranka Prati, Nari Samaja Prati, Swasthyara Chabi, Ramanama, Satyagraha, Matru Rachanabali (17 Parts), Maa And Sri Aurobindo.
His research books include Achyutananda O’ Panchasakha Dharma, Odishare Mahima Dharma, Santha Sahitya, Odia Sahityara Sanskrutika Bikasha Dhara, Bhakta Charan Das, Balaram Das, Alokara Kabi Rabindranath and a Glimpse into Oriya Literature (1982).
His children’s literatures include Gapa Agapa, Esopkatha, Manishanka Madhyare Manisha, Kete Deshara Katha, Sundara Desha Finland And Marco Polo.
His biographies include Nabakrushna Choudhury, Bhinna Jane Vivekanada and autobiography includes Mitrasya Chakshusa. Other creations are Jangala Achithi, Jeevana Vidyalaya 1st Part (1960), 2nd Part (1962) and Rohitara Diary. [A glimpse into Oriya literatureOdia sahityara itihasa: Samajika-samskrtika bibhibhumi [i.e. bhittibhumi]Bisvaku gabakshaMitrasya cakshushaBhakta Charana Das (Makers of Indian literature)Balarama Das (Makers of Indian literature),  Letters from a Forest School

Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu was born on 22nd December 1926 at Niali – Village of Cuttack district. He started his career as a Lecturer in Oriya literature.
In the post-independence period, he is known as a best story-writer. He is adorned with different awards for his favourite short stories which have been admired by scholars and general public. These include ‘Akasha Patata’ story book for which he received Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979. For his story edition titled ‘Abhisapta Gandharva’ in 1983, he received Sarala Award and again in 1984 he was adorned Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for the same book.
His story editions include Prema Tribhuja published in 1952, Michha Bagha In 1955, Srunantu Sarbe Amrutasya Putra In 1957, Ganjei O’ Gabesana In 1961, Ranu Apa Tharu Pushi Parjyanta, Andha Ratira Surya, (1965), Anya Rupa Rupantara, Akasha Patala, Abhisapta Gandharba, Pingala Se Anya Jane, Kapota Pakhi Gru Mora, Sumitrara Hasa, Bishnu Maya, Michha Bagha, Papa O’ Mukti, Se Kala Pakhala, Brundabanara Sesha Dhupa, Ja Devi Sama Grushesu, Galpa Bichitra, Nibeditara Naisyabhisara.
His novels include Dhara O Dhara, Tamasi Radha, Hansa Mithuna. His criticism books include ‘Sahityara Katha O Ramya Rachana Sahityara Parabar. [Mahapatra Nilamani Sahu racana samagra]

Born on 27th February 1934, son of Madhu Sudana Das. He is a story-writer of international repute. His creations include ‘Dhumrava Diganta’, Lakshmira Abhishara and Manoja Panchabisanti. His edited story Sesha Basantara Chita. In 1972 for his story ‘Katha O Kathani, he got Kendra Sahitya Akademi award for his short story Aranyaka. He got Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1981. He got Sarala Award for his book ‘Dhumrava Diganta’. For sometime he was associated with Oriya reputed journal Dignta. Now he is the editor of English popular monthly The Heritage published from Chennai. [Selected FictionTales told by mysticsManoj Das: A critical studyChasing the Rainbow: Growing Up in an India VillageSri Aurobindo-The Hour Of God: Selections From His Writings

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sri Aurobindo's contribution often goes unrecognised

Celebrating Aurobindo
The occasion of the centenary year of Aurobindo's arrival in Puducherry was highlighted through a play.

Powerful performance:Of the play
In homage to Sri Aurobindo on the occasion of the centenary year of his arrival in Punducherry, a play “Tryst with God” was staged by the students of the Sri Aurobindo International School (SAIS). The enactment of the historic Alipore Jail Trail was both enlightening and thought provoking with a cast of 35 students doing their school proud.
It was in 1908 that Sri Aurobindo was imprisoned by the British for being the prime suspect in the bomb outrage that killed two European ladies in Calcutta. The 12 months of solitary confinement that followed in the Alipore Jail proved to be the turning point in the life of the revolutionary mystic.
While behind bars he read the Bhagavad Gita and had what he termed a ‘tryst with Lord Krishna who from then on became his master and guide. It was the famous defense lawyer Chittaranjan Das who fought his case in which Sri Aurobindo was acquitted.
“Enacting Sri Aurobindo has given me a better understanding of this great personality – it has immensely increased my regard for him and gratitude to my school,” says Susheel of Std. X who played the poet Sage. An impressive performance by Pranav as Chittaranjan Das and explanations by Narrators Aila and Avani gave clarity to the mixed age groups in the audience. “When we speak about India's Independence Sri Aurobindo's contribution often goes unrecognised. This play helped us understand the crucial role played by him in the freedom struggle,” says Stage Manager, Aila Bandagi. “Tryst with God” was conceived and scripted by Dr Chhalamayi Reddy, Principal, SAIS and sponsored by Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
Promoting education
The Institute of Human Study opened the SAIS with the blessings of the Mother in 1965 to promote education in the light of Sri Aurobindo's vision. Integral education with emphasis on the development of all the different parts constituting the human being through holistic learning is keenly followed here.
Sri Aurobindo arrived in Puducherry on April 4 1910
To commemorate the centenary year the “Aurobindo Express” from Howrah to Puducherry was flagged off on April 9, 2010
This train will have a special exhibition coach on the life and times of Sri Aurobindo
For information on camps: email: for camps organised by Sri Aurobindo Society (for children above 15) The Hindu Young World Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

They positively love how feisty he is

Re: Samkhya is related to the system of counting with zeros
by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 22 Apr 2010 09:52 AM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link

[An allusion to the Sāńkhya Theory of Causation is found in a verse of Naishadhacarita. The concerned verse is King Nala’s speech to the four gods, viz. Indra, Agni, Varuņa and Yama. Seeing the gods on the way to Damayantī’s ‘svayamvara’, Nala observes that gods are nectar-incarnate. As he opines, there is no difference between an effect and its cause; verily a person’s body is the product of food and his eyes are immersed in nectar by looking at the nectar-fed bodies of the gods. By: Dr. Harekrishna Meher

Tusar N Mohapatra has left a new comment on your post "Bijan Ghose cannot claim that the 1954 edition is ...": Posted to Savitri Era Open Forum at 1:38 PM, April 22, 2010

For starters, like most theological bloggers, he is male. Very male, let’s say... Second, there is also the hallmark of Milbank’s style, his abrasive rhetoric, style & attitude. In fact, this is what so many people return to, when called upon to explain their undying interest in him. (E.g., “I don’t agree with what he says, but I love how he handles himself!”) They positively love how feisty he is. He, in short, makes for good blog copy — again, not unlike a fellow blogger, in his case, an A-list theology blogger — you link to immediately, maybe even block quote. (After all, was not your blogroll practically made for abrasive, overblown, unsubstantiated assertions?) Oh, and let’s not forget his occasional deployment of online pseudonymity. No blogger is innocent of that from time to time.]

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[25 September 2008 Dear Manoj-da,
I decided to write about Sri Aurobindo, first, because I find him tremendously interesting. I won’t go any farther than this. You will recall that I explained to you once that I find it difficult if not impossible to proclaim from the housetops my feelings about things that mean a lot to me. I’ve always been amazed to find that others do not have this problem, and that they talk with perfect strangers about things that are deeply important to them. IY Fundamentalism - Letter to the Managing Trustee, from Peter Heehs]