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Dr.sarojini Sahoo
subhendu choudhury | 04 Nov 2008

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Dr Sarojini Sahoo


subhendu choudhury



 
 
Born in 1956, Dr Sarojini Sahoo has an MA and PhD degrees in Oriya Literature, and a Bachelor of Law, from Utkal University. She now teaches at a Degree college in Belpahar, Jharsuguda, of Orissa.

A distinguished feminist writer, and an earlier editor of Pallaba, a fiction oriented Oriya journal, she has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award and the Prajatantra Award.
 
 
 
 
 
She has published seven anthologies of short stories and five novels. The anthologies are: Sukhara Muhanmuh (1981), NijaGahirareNije
(1989), Amrutara Pratikshare (1992), Chowkath (1994), Tarali Jauthiba Durga (1995), Deshantari (1999), and Dukha Apramita (2006). The novels are: Upanibesh (1998), Pratibandi (1999), Swapna Khojali Mane (2000) Mahajatra (2001) and Gambhiri Ghara (2006).

Well known for her frankness,Sarojini Sahoo, is a prime figure and trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Oriya literature. For her; feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on male hegemony. So, it is quite different from that of Virginia Wolf or Judith Butler. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood which is completely separate from the man's world. She writes with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in the adolescence, the pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc always have the thematic exposure in her novels and short stories.

Born in a small town of Dhenkanal in Orissa (India), Sarojini has an MA and PhD degrees in Oriya Literature and a Bachelor of Law from Utkal University. She now teaches at a Degree college in Belpahar, Jharsuguda of Orissa. She is the second daughter of Mr.Ishwar Chandra Sahoo and Mrs.(Late) Nalini Devi and has married to Mr.Jagadish Mohanty , a veteran writer of Orissa.and has a son and a daughter.
She has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award and the Prajatantra Award. She has published eight anthologies of short stories and five novels. Recently an English anthology of her translated stories is published by 'Grassroots' of Kolkata/Bhubaneswar.Her other anthologies are: Sukhara Muhanmuh (1981), NijaGahirareNije (1989), Amrutara Pratikshare (1992), Chowkath (1994), Tarali Jauthiba Durga (1995), Deshantari (1999), and Dukha Apramita (2006). The novels are: Upanibesh (1998), Pratibandi (1999), Swapna Khojali Mane (2000) Mahajatra (2001) and Gambhiri Ghara (2006). She has been widely translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins, National Book Trust ,Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi.Once she was also the editor of Oriya Literary Magazine the Pallaba and fiction oriented English timely journal the Breakthrough.
Delhi Doordarshan, the National Channel of India has featured her life style and creations in its special tele-serial "Literary Postcard