TNI Bureau: Legendary Writer, Author and Story Teller Manoj Das passed away at the age of 87. He was suffering from old-age related ailments. Manoj Das breathed his last at the Ashram Hospital in Puducherry.
Manoj Das wrote in Odia and English. Apart from Saraswati Samman in 2000, he was awarded Padma Shri in 2001 and then Padma Bhushan in 2020. Kendra Sahitya Akademi had bestowed India’s highest literary award Sahitya Akademi Award Fellowship on him.
He had been an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry since 1963 where he was teaching English Literature and the Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo at the Sri Aurobindo International University.
Some of his great literary works included ‘Amruta Phala’, ‘Aranyaka’, ‘Aranya Ullasha, ‘Lakshmira Abhisara’, ‘Godhulira Bagha’, ‘Abu Purusha, ‘Kete Diganta’, ‘Kanaka Upatyakara Kahani’ etc.
Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal led the State in condoling the demise of Shri Manoj Das. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also condoled his death. Many other leading personalities also offered their condolences.
The CM has requested the Puducherry Government to conduct the last rites of Late Manoj Das with state honours. Odisha Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi will attend the cremation.
Hon'ble Governor condoles the sad demise of legendary writer and thinker Prof. Manoj Das and conveys his heartfelt sympathy to his family and his readers. “He would continue to inspire generations through his timeless literary works”, observed Hon’ble Governor. pic.twitter.com/AHOXMXw0jb
— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) April 27, 2021
Deeply saddened to know about the passing away of legendary litterateur #ManojDas. Shri Das has left an indelible mark in the field of literature with his vast variety of immortal works and left a void which can never be filled.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 27, 2021
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ, କଥାକାର ପଦ୍ମଭୂଷଣ ପ୍ରଫେସର ମନୋଜ ଦାସଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ । ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା, ଭାରତୀୟ ଓ ବିଦେଶୀ ଭାଷାରେ ତାଙ୍କର କାଳଜୟୀ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ପାଇଁ ସେ ଅନେକ ସମ୍ମାନର ଅଧିକାରୀ ହୋଇଥିଲେ ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) April 27, 2021
Today, I lost a dear friend and a well wisher. The passing away of Padma Bhusan Shri Manoj Das, is not only a personal loss for me, but for the entire country and state. His passing away has left a huge void in the literary field. My deepest condolences to his family. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/3ly9wvZfY3
— Niranjan Patnaik (@NPatnaikOdisha) April 27, 2021
ଭାରତୀୟ ସାହିତ୍ୟର ଅନନ୍ୟ କଥାଶିଳ୍ପୀ ମନୋଜ ଦାସଙ୍କ ପରଲୋକରେ ମୁଁ ଗଭୀର ମର୍ମାହତ। ଏହା ସମଗ୍ର ଭାରତୀୟ ସାହିତ୍ୟ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ଅପୁରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଅଶ୍ରୁଳ ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି ଜ୍ଞାପନ କରୁଛି।
— Manas Mangaraj (@manasrmangaraj) April 27, 2021
I am speechless. We lost Shri Manoj Das, a Great Writer & Author who popularised Odia Literature at the global level.
He was a close comrade of my late father Harishchandra Baxipatra. We lost an ardent well-wisher who had high regards for my father and encouraged us. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/86d6kenEWH
— Bhrugu Baxipatra (@BhruguBJP) April 27, 2021