The Book, "Parichaya – Odia Bhasha" (Introduction to Odiya Language) was launched by eminent personalities from literary circle-
Padma Shri Devi Prasanna Patnaik
Padma Shri (Dr) Prativa Ray
Shri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik - Founder and Editor of leading Odia Daily Sambad
Prof (Dr) Basanta Panda read out through analysis of this pioneering work which has taken over 60 years in research.
He hailed this as a masterpiece and reference book for years to come.
Shri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik announced purchase of 100 books by Sambad at event. Glowing tributes to author and book were paid by Padma Shri Prasanna Patnaik and Padma Shri Prativa Ray.
The book published in 2017 has some chapters written in Odia, some in English, clear all doubts about the Odia language and scripts doubts raised by different scholars from time to time, whether this language can sustain itself against heavy pressure of English in the world, how a novice can learn the language,whose mother tounge is not Odia, or any pupil who has gone through English Medium Schools. Last but not the least another book in offering - Ama Odia Samaja, Our Odiya Society in and outside Odisha.
Shri Nagendra Nath Mohanty, an eminent librarian, born on 10th August 1930 at village Bodhpur, Dist. Cuttack , Odisha ; s/o late Panchanan
Mohanty and Annapurna Debi. He passed matriculation from Ranihat High School, Cuttack (Utakal University, 1946); ISc from Ravenshaw College
(1950), B.Sc (1952); Diploma in Librarianship (Calcutta University, 1957). He started his career as assistant to Padmashri Parmananda
Acharya , archaeologist , Local Secretary, Indian History Congress and Indian Historical Records Commission, Cuttack Session, 1949;
teacher at Ranihat High School (1952-1955); joined National Library , Calcutta , as Junior Technical Assistant , Odia in August 1955.
He was permitted to visit Cuttack to purchase Odia books for the library. He assisted in compilation of Odia section of National
Bibliography of Indian Literature, 1901-1953, Vol 3, published by Sahitya Academy; New Delhi.He was volunteer for the 12th Annual
Conference of the Indian Library Association (INB) and the First Conference of the Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information
Centers (IASLIC) and received all India recognition. He was promoted as a sub-editor to the Indian National Bibliography Unit of the
Central Reference Library .His skill for compilation of annual volume of the INB was highly praised.
He visited the United States of America as a guest of the American Library Association and U.S. Department of State to participate in a Multinational Group Librarian’s Project I October 1961. The American Library Association appreciated his observations and wrote a letter to the then Director, National Library, Calcutta stating “Nagendranath Mohanty was particularly effective in the seminar .Nagendanath has a sense of comparative evaluation which is most interesting and quite realistic, It seems that Nagendranath made the best possible use of his experience in the United States .It has strengthened his respect for Indian professional competence. At the same time, he has been stimulated by new ideas, which he turns over carefully in his mind for reexamination.
Soon after his return, he was appointed as Librarian I in the U.S. Library of Congress Office, New Delhi in April 1962.Here he followed international rules and practice in cataloging and catalogue maintenance , subject headings , and all other bibliographic norms .Beside odia , he has catalogued books and serials in English , Assamese , Bengali , Gujrati and Sanskrit. He was proficient in processing non-book materials .He supervised other’s cataloging, more so of Thai and Mongolian works. Also he made some clarifications in reorganization of Odia script. For his efficiency he has received Performance and Proficiency Award from the U.S Department of State. After retirement in November 1989, he continued his work in the same office as Selection and Cataloging Officer for Odia and non book materials on part-time basis till March 1999.In the meanwhile he worked for some time with D.K. Book Agency and edited Bibliography of English Publications in India (BEPI).
He has selected Odia books for the National Library, Calcutta, and the US Library of Congress for forty five years, from 1955 to 1999. thereby well acquainted with Odia publishers, book –sellers and authors, which was a rare opportunity. From hand written cards to computer produced catalogue, he has been a pioneer in that process. He is the co author of ‘ 50 years of Indian Library Association ‘, 1933-83(1983).He is life member of the said Association , and office bearer for some years .Also he is a life member of IASLIC and Delhi Library Association. Indirectly he has contributed some effort to Odisha. He was one of the organizers of the ILA Bhubaneswar Conference in 1975; there he initiated the movement for formation of the Odisha State Library and to occupy the premises, then processed by the DPI office, where now stands Harekrushna Mahatab State Library, Bhubaneswar.
Apart from profession, Nagenda is better known as a social worker .He was successful in his own village, while in charge of construction of the bridge and a road on River Paika in 1952-1955 with villager’s voluntary labour and government assistance. The then Sub divisional Magistrate of Cuttack, a Scottish national Mr C.G.S Nellore sent him a letter of appreciation. He was a popular teacher at Ranihat High School Cuttack, (1952-1955), and one of the founders of the School’s Old Students Association. The association periodically staged theatrical performances to raise funds for the school. He single handed managed the stage. While staying in Calcutta , he was secretary of Dakshina Kalikata , Utkal samiti and worked for upliftment of Odias there.After shifting to Delhi , he became a life member of Odia Samaj, Delhi served as its Secretary and Treasurer for long years .Also he became life member of Shri Neelachal Seva Sangha which could construct Sree Jagannath Temple and cultural centre at Hauz Khas Village Road , New Delhi .For many a year he has been an elected office bearer of the Sangha , one time Treasurer and three times its Vice President .He regularly attends literary meetings arranged by Sahrudaya Sabha .When asked , he introduces himself as just an Odia.
Nagendra Nath is really an active worker .His knowledge and devotion associated with work testifies his greatness .From teachership to social service , social service to book searching and compiling catalogues , reading literature , analyzing Odia culture and engaged in establishing the prominence of Odia culture outside Odisha shows his competence .He is a devoted admirer of human excellence .The “Odia Charita Kosha” ( 4 Volumes) is a sign of his deep inquiry , theoretical analysis , benevolent mind , and above all a symbol of national interest .This Charita Kosha ( a biographical of dictionary of Odias) contains more than 12,000 characters ranging the mythic period to close of twentieth century. By whatever means he is known, this work shall be his best recognition .This is an encyclopedia of Odia people.
For compilation of the Odia Charita Kosha, Nagendra Babu will be liked forever by the nation.
His next work , Patra –Patrika Parichaya (an Introduction to periodicals , a check list of Periodicals and newspapers 1769-2006; Published in Odisha in all languages and Odia periodicals published outside Odisha) is the only work of this kind complied so far ( 2012) . The compilation and research has taken more than 15 years and 30 resources so far.
His latest work (2017) Parichaya: Odia Bhasha (Introduction: Odia Language), some chapters written in Odia, some chapters in English clears all doubts about the Odia language and script doubts raised by different scholars time to time, whether this language can sustain herself against the heavy pressure of English in the world; how a novice can learn the language, whose mother tongue is not Odia, or any pupil who has gone through English medium schools. Last, not the least another book is in offing – Ama Odia Samaja, our Odia Society in and outside Odisha.
Nagendra Nath stays in Delhi and is married to Smt Pratima Mohanty, D/O of Late Shri Parshuram Das who was a very famous literary person of his time. He has four children, the eldest Dr Subhendra Mohanty, PhD (Particle Physics); USA is today counted among the top scientists in ISRO.
A Bibliographical dictionary of Odiyas is the only work of its kind complied so far .The compilation work and research has taken more than 15 years using more than 335 sources so far.
The book is published in 4 Volumes
This Charita Kosha represents figures ranging from mythical period to close of twentieth century. It includes Kalinga , so of Bali from her wife Sudeshna and blind saint Dirghatama ; their sixth son Odra , founder of Odradesa (Orissa derived from Odra); Ikshavaku , founder of the Solar Dynasty , whose empire was Koshala ; his son Dandaka , his kingdom was Dandkaranya ; King Anangabhima Deva 1,2.3; Sudramuni Sarla Dasa ; to the modern Soubhagya Pathy (born 1972), artist and has written the book Beaujolais Nouveaw,poems in Indic English ; thus totaling up to ten thousands names.
Further it includes persons from other parts of the country and foreigners, those who were settled here on government service or influenced Oriya people to great extent .The compiler has taken no responsibility to judge their cadre, who was famous or infamous .It is readers prerogative to judge.Famous and infamous both together have created and sustained history and civilizations; at times they were closer and at times set apart, this fact has not been consideredbr.
Each entry in this Odia Charita Kosha contains name, date, title, identification, and place of birth, parentage, education, vocation, honours awarded and field of achievement.
The compiler expresses his appreciation and gratitude to all his well wishers who have inspired him and discussed with him on the structure and contents of this work.
Compiler has received Financial Assistance from the Central Institute of Indian Languages (Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Secondary & Higher Education, Government of India), Mysore in accomplishing the task of publishing Volume 1 of the dictionary. for which the publishers is grateful to appropriate authorities.
The rest of the Volumes have been published by the Author himself
All the volumes of this book is available at
A.K. Mishra Agencies (P) Ltd
Roxy Lane , Badambadi , Cuttack -753009
The Author has been felicitated by many State and non State bodies for this mammoth piece of work.
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