Berhampur, Jan 3: Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia writer, received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This ceremony was instituted by the Berhampur University, Odisha.
During the 53rd foundation day ceremony, the university also honoured noted folk dance guru Nabaghana Parida with Dakshin Odisha Loksanakruti Samman.
Manoj Das is a noted writer in both Odia and English literature. He is a philosopher, a thinker-writer whose works can be defined as quest for finding the eternal truth in everyday circumstances.
He received recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi award, 1972, in English, Orissa Sahitya Akademi award, 1965 and 1982, Sarala award, 1981, Vishuba award, 1986 and Sahitya Bharati award, 1995, Saraswati Samman, 2000, Padmashri, 2001. He wrote columns in India’s national dailies like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu and The Statesman. His writings, revealing the deeper truth and the untraced aspects behind current issues, have been highly appreciated.