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Paramita Satpathy: Prose in Motion

An Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the 1989 batch, Paramita Satpathy has earned repute on the strength of her literary musings. A celebrated writer, Paramita has been decorated with the coveted Sahitya Academy award 2016 for Prapti, an agglomeration of short stories. A host of her novels have got translated into Hindi, English, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and other languages.

Presently, this creatively imbued officer is posted as the Commissioner of Income Tax. Paramita had taken to creativity from early childhood. Her literary bent of mind was shaped by the atmosphere at home and extensive reading of Odia and English literature. She attributes much of her affinity to creativity to the eminent writers of India and the world. She believes that creative art in any form prepares the world for a better abode for human beings to live in.

So far, seven short-story collections, namely Bibidha Aswopna (1997), Bhashakshara (2000) Birala Rupaka (2003), Antaranga Chhala (2006), Kurei Phula (2009), Prapti (2012) and Nari Kabi O Anyamane (2015) have been published. Besides, a novel in Odia, ‘Apathacharini’ (2006) was published to her credit. Anthologies of short stories, ‘Door Ke Pahad’ (translated into Hindi) published by the Jnanpith, New Delhi in 2007 and ‘Chandan Ke Phool’ published by Vani Prakashan, New Delhi in 2015 have been widely reviewed and brought her much acclaim. Paramita’s book in English translation ‘Intimate Pretence’ is published by Rupa & Co Publishers, New Delhi in 2010 and is appreciated by the readers across the country. Paramita has written few poems which are published in different journals and are on the process of being compiled in a book.

Many of her stories are translated into other Indian languages such as – Hindi, English, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati etc. Her stories have been published in prestigious national magazines such as – Samakalin Bharatiya Sahitya, Bagarth, Hans, Akshara, Naya Jnanodaya, Gagnanchal, Sakshatakar, Indian Literature, The Little Magazine, Muse India, Vipula, Bhasha Bondhan etc and have brought her immense popularity. Her stories have also been included in various compilations of Indian writings published from different parts of the country.

She belongs to a highly creative family. Her mother Prativa Satpathy is a renowned poet of Odisha and has received Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001. Her father Nityananda Satpathy is a prominent literary critic of Odia literature. She has one daughter Anwesha Tripathy who is a clinical psychologist and her husband Subrat Tripathy is C.E.O of the Dhamara Port in Odisha.

Paramita has re presented Odia literature in many literary  forums in Odisha, across the country and abroad. She had   participated, presented discussion papers and read short stories, poems  in many seminars organized  by  the Sahitya Academi, various literary Festivals  and other  socio –cultural institutions. She had represented Odia literature in the International Book Fair in Beijing, China, in the year 2010 as a part of the Sahitya Akademi delegation. She had participated in readings and discussion in Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Indian Languages, Mauritius in 2010. She attended the literary seminar of Odia Society of America, held in Dallas, USA as the guest speaker in 2011.

The plight of the modern women has been delineated with utmost perfection by Paramita in her writings. Her short stories are ridden with reality, novelties and pathos spreading over an amazingly wide canvas. They deal with almost every sphere of human life and living.

Paramita’s excellence is marked through narration in controlled emotion regarding feelings and vivid picturesque description of events. Application of appropriate imagery, adeptness in blending the real with the imaginary and elasticity in style, distinguish Paramita’s stories from those of others. Her stories aspire to compete with one another on daring genuineness, intense human sensitivity and extraordinary ornamentation of language.

Paramita’s creativity has been regarded as a significant contribution to modern Indian writing by prominent authors and literary critics. Eminent literary critic and poet K. Satchitdanandan says ‘’….The stories while reflecting in their themes, tones and structures, the current state of Indian short stories in general and Oriya short stories in particular, also mark the new strides that women’s fiction in the country seems to be taking. There is an evident expansion of empathy and a conscientious attempt to grasp the anxieties of a society in turmoil from the point of view of the marginalised, the lonely, the less loved and under-privileged. Thus the stories strive to integrate a progressive social vision with a woman’s desire, pain and rage and an awareness of new formal possibilities…..”

For her contribution to literature, Paramita   has received many   accolades from various Institutions and literary magazines. She has been conferred with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for 2016 for her Novella collection Prapti. Prominent among others are  the Odisha   Sahitya Academi Award, Bharatiya Bhasa  Parishad Yuva Puraskar  by  Birla Foundation , Kolkata; Gangadhar Rath  Foundation Award  , Odisha, Bhubaneswar Book Fair  Award, Odisha etc.

In addition to the Central Sahitya Academy award, she has bagged the Utkala Sahitya Samaj Sukadeba Sahu Upanyasa Samman, Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Yuva Puraskar, Birla Foundation, Kolkata, G.Rath Foundation, Orissa Award and Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award. Her chronological anthology of published works include Bibidha Aswopna (1997), Bhashakshara (2000), Birala Rupaka (2003), Antaronga Chhala (2006), Door Ke Pahad (2007), Kurei Phula (2009), Intimate Pretence (2010), Prapti (2012), Prapti Aar Anyanya Galpa (2014) and Chandan Ke Phool (2015).

Born in August 1965, she is the daughter of Sahitya Akademi Award winner poet Pratibha Satpathy and Nityananda Satpathy. She did a post graduation in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and joined the IRS. The canvas of her short stories is wide and realistic. She has participated in a number of seminars and workshops organized by the Sahitya Akademi and other Literary Institutions of the country and abroad.

In the author’s words, “It started with a long story in the title name Prapti and was published in a magazine. The story, based on conviction of a woman for an emotional relationship, received considerable appreciation. This inspired me to write a few other stories about the experiences, psyche and inspiration of women. All the 10 stories in the book narrate that”.

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