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Ramakanta Rath (born 13 December 1934) is one of the most renowned modernist poets in the Odia literature. Heavily influenced by the poets such as T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
and Ezra Pound, Rath experimented greatly with form and style. The quest for the mystical, the riddles of life and death, the inner solitude of individual selves, and subservience to material needs and carnal desires are among this philosopher-poet's favorite themes. His poetry betrays a sense of pessimism along with counter-aesthetics, and he steadfastly refuses to put on the garb of a preacher of goodness and absolute beauty. His poetry is full of melancholy and laments the inevitability of death and the resultant feeling of futility. The poetic expressions found in his creations carry a distinct sign of symbolic annotations to spiritual and metaphysical contents of life. Often transcending beyond ordinary human capabilities, the poet reaches the higher territories of sharp intellectualism. The contents have varied from a modernist interpretation of ancient Sanskrit
Sanskrit
literature protagonist Radha
Radha
in the poem "Sri Radha" to the ever-present and enthralling death-consciousness espoused in "Saptama Ritu" (The Seventh Season). Rath was born in Cuttack, Odisha
Odisha
(India). He obtained his MA in English Literature from Ravenshaw College in Odisha. He joined the Indian Administrative Service
Indian Administrative Service
in 1957, but continued his writing career. He retired as Chief Secretary Odisha
Odisha
after holding several important posts in the Central Government such as Secretary to the Government of India. He received the Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi
Award in 1977, Saraswathi Samman
Saraswathi Samman
in 1992, Bishuva Samman in 1990 and India's 3rd highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
in 2006.[1] He was the Vice President of the Sahitya Academy of India
India
from 1993 to 1998 and the President of the Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi
of India
India
from 1998 to 2003, New Delhi. In February 2009 he was awarded a Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi
Fellowship by the Central Sahitya Akademi, the fifth Odia writer to be so honoured. A number of his poems have been translated into English and other Indian languages.

Contents

1 Major works

1.1 Poems 1.2 Long Poems

2 References

Major works[edit] Poems[edit]

"Kete Dinara" (Of a Long Long Time), 1962 "Aneka Kothari" (Many Rooms), 1967 "Sandigdha Mrigaya" (Suspicious Hunting), 1971 "Saptama Ritu" (The Seventh Season), 1977 "Sachitra Andhara" (Picturesque Darkness), 1982

Long Poems[edit]

Sri Radha
Radha
(Sri Radha), 1984 (won Saraswati Samman
Saraswati Samman
in 1992 for this Poetry) Sri Palataka (Mr. Escapist), 1997

References[edit]

^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

"Ramakant Rath - Oriya Poet: The South Asian Literary Recordings Project (Library of Congress New Delhi
New Delhi
Office)"

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Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
award recipients (2000–09)

2000

V. K. Aatre Anil Agarwal Ram Narain Agarwal Sharan Rani Backliwal Swami Kalyandev Veerendra Heggade Pavaguda V. Indiresan Wahiduddin Khan B. B. Lal Raghunath Anant Mashelkar H. Y. Sharada Prasad Rajinikanth Begum Aizaz Rasul Radha
Radha
Reddy Raja Reddy Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan Karamshi Jethabhai Somaiya S. Srinivasan Ratan Tata Harbans Singh Wasir

2001

Dev Anand Viswanathan Anand Amitabh Bachchan Rahul Bajaj B. R. Barwale Balasaheb Bharde Boyi Bhimanna Swadesh Chatterjee Baldev Raj Chopra Ashok Desai K. M. George Bhupen Hazarika Lalgudi Jayaraman Yamini Krishnamurthy Shiv K. Kumar Raghunath Mohapatra Arun Netravali Mohan Singh Oberoi Rajendra K. Pachauri Abdul Karim Parekh Amrita Patel Pran Aroon Purie B. V. Raju Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Sundaram Ramakrishnan Chitranjan Singh Ranawat Palle Rama Rao Raj Reddy Kum Uma Sharma L. Subramaniam Naresh Trehan

2002

Gary Ackerman H. P. S. Ahluwalia Prabha Atre Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya Chandu Borde Eugene Chelyshev Pravinchandra Varjivan Gandhi Shobha Gurtu Henning Holck-Larsen Zakir Hussain B. K. S. Iyengar Faquir Chand Kohli V. C. Kulandaiswamy Gury Marchuk Jagat Singh Mehta Ismail Merchant Mario Miranda Frank Pallone Ramanujam Varatharaja Perumal Natesan Rangabashyam Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra Habib Tanvir Kottayan Katankot Venugopal Nirmal Verma K. J. Yesudas

2003

Teejan Bai Ammannur Madhava Chakyar Prabhu Chawla Herbert Fischer Jamshyd Godrej Coluthur Gopalan K. Parasaran B. Rajam Iyer Shri Krishna Joshi Madurai Narayanan Krishnan Rajinder Kumar Ramesh Kumar Purshotam Lal Sitakant Mahapatra Bagicha Singh Minhas Subhash Mukhopadhyay P. S. Narayanaswamy Arcot Ramachandran Trichur V. Ramachandran Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti T. V. Sankaranarayanan Naseeruddin Shah T. V. R. Shenoy Jagjit Singh Ram Badan Singh Hari Shankar Singhania Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman Narayanan Srinivasan Padma Subrahmanyam Swapna Sundari O. V. Vijayan Herbert Alexandrovich Yefremov

2004

Thoppil Varghese Antony Soumitra Chatterjee Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari Gulzar Sardara Singh Johl M. V. Kamath Komal Kothari Yoshirō Mori Gopi Chand Narang Govindarajan Padmanaban Poornima Arvind Pakvasa Vishnu Prabhakar N. Rajam C. H. Hanumantha Rao Thiruvengadam Lakshman Sankar T. N. Seshagopalan Bijoy Nandan Shahi Krishna Srinivas Alarmel Valli

2005

Sardar Anjum Andre Beteille Chandi Prasad Bhatt Tumkur Ramaiya Satish Chandran Mrinal Datta Chaudhuri Yash Chopra Manna Dey Irfan Habib Yusuf Hamied Qurratulain Hyder Tarlochan Singh Kler Anil Kohli Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Mrinal Miri Hari Mohan Brijmohan Lall Munjal M. T. Vasudevan Nair Azim Premji Balraj Puri Syed Mir Qasim A. Ramachandran G. V. Iyer Ramakrishna V. S. Ramamurthy K.I.Varaprasad Reddy K. Srinath Reddy Girish Chandra Saxena Narasimhiah Seshagiri Mark Tully

2006

Jaiveer Agarwal P. S. Appu Shashi Bhushan Ganga Prasad Birla Grigory Bongard-Levin Lokesh Chandra Chiranjeevi Dinesh Nandini Dalmia Tarun Das Madhav Gadgil A. K. Hangal Devaki Jain Kamleshwar Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan Sabri Khan Ghulam Mustafa Khan Shanno Khurana Gunter Kruger P. Leela K. P. P. Nambiar Nandan Nilekani Sai Paranjpye Deepak Parekh M. V. Pylee Subramaniam Ramadorai N. S. Ramaswamy Pavani Parameswara Rao Ramakanta Rath V. Shanta Hira Lall Sibal Billy Arjan Singh Jasjit Singh Vijaypat Singhania K. G. Subramanyan K. K. Talwar Vijay Shankar Vyas Dušan Zbavitel

2007

Javed Akhtar Gabriel Chiramel Ela Gandhi Saroj Ghose V. Mohini Giri Somnath Hore Jamshed Jiji Irani Gurcharan Singh Kalkat N. Mahalingam Prithipal Singh Maini Tyeb Mehta Rajan and Sajan Mishra Rajan and Sajan Mishra Sunil Mittal Ramankutty Nair Gopaldas Neeraj Indra Nooyi Kavalam Narayana Panicker Bhikhu Parekh Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri Vilayanur S. Ramachandran Tapan Raychaudhuri S. H. Raza Jeffrey Sachs Chandra Prasad Saikia L. Z. Sailo Shiv Kumar Sarin Shriram Sharma Manju Sharma T. N. Srinivasan Osamu Suzuki K. T. Thomas

2008

Mian Bashir Ahmed Kaushik Basu Shayama Chona Jagjit Singh
Jagjit Singh
Chopra Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Asis Datta Meghnad Desai Padma Desai Sukh Dev Nirmal Kumar Ganguly B. N. Goswamy Vasant Gowarikar Baba Kalyani K. V. Kamath Inderjit Kaur Ravindra Kelekar Asad Ali Khan Dominique Lapierre D. R. Mehta Shiv Nadar Suresh Kumar Neotia T. K. Oommen K. Padmanabhaiah Vikram Pandit V. Ramachandran Sushil Kumar Saxena Amarnath Sehgal Jasdev Singh Sri Lal Sukla P. Susheela S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan Yuli Vorontsov Sunita Williams Ji Xianlin

2009

Isher Judge Ahluwalia Inderjit Kaur Barthakur Shamshad Begum Abhinav Bindra Shanta Dhananjayan V. P. Dhananjayan Ramachandra Guha Shekhar Gupta Khalid Hameed Minoru Hara Jayakanthan Thomas Kailath Sarvagya Singh Katiyar G. Krishna R. C. Mehta A. Sreedhara Menon S. K. Misra A. M. Naik Satish Nambiar Kunwar Narayan Nagnath Naikwadi Kirit Parikh Sam Pitroda C. K. Prahalad Gurdip Singh Randhawa Brijendra Kumar Rao Bhakta B. Rath C. S. Seshadri V. Ganapati Sthapati Devendra Triguna Sarojini Varadappan

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

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Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi
fellows

1968–1980

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(1968) D. R. Bendre, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Sumitranandan Pant, C. Rajagopalachari (1969) Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar, Viswanatha Satyanarayana
Viswanatha Satyanarayana
(1970) Kaka Kalelkar, Gopinath Kaviraj, Gurbaksh Singh, Kalindi Charan Panigrahi (1971) Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Mangharam Udharam Malkani, Nilmoni Phukan, Vasudev Vishnu Mirashi, Sukumar Sen, V. R. Trivedi (1973) T. P. Meenakshisundaram (1975) Atmaram Ravaji Deshpande, Jainendra Kumar, Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa 'Kuvempu', V. Raghavan, Mahadevi Varma
Mahadevi Varma
(1979)

1981–2000

Umashankar Joshi, K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar, K. Shivaram Karanth
K. Shivaram Karanth
(1985) Mulk Raj Anand, Vinayaka Krishna Gokak, Laxmanshastri Balaji Joshi, Amritlal Nagar, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Annada Shankar Ray (1989) Nagarjun, Balamani Amma, Ashapoorna Devi, Qurratulain Hyder, Vishnu Bhikaji Kolte, Kanhu Charan Mohanty, P. T. Narasimhachar, R. K. Narayan, Harbhajan Singh (1994) Jayakanthan, Vinda Karandikar, Vidya Niwas Mishra, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Raja Rao, Sachidananda Routray, Krishna Sobti
Krishna Sobti
(1996) Syed Abdul Malik, K. S. Narasimhaswamy, Gunturu Seshendra Sarma, Rajendra Shah, Ram Vilas Sharma, N. Khelchandra Singh (1999) Ramchandra Narayan Dandekar, Rehman Rahi (2000)

2001–present

Ram Nath Shastri (2001) Kaifi Azmi, Govind Chandra Pande, Nilamani Phookan, Bhisham Sahni (2002) Kovilan, U. R. Ananthamurthy, Vijaydan Detha, Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, Amrita Pritam, Shankha Ghosh, Nirmal Verma (2004) Manoj Das, Vishnu Prabhakar (2006) Anita Desai, Kartar Singh Duggal, Ravindra Kelekar
Ravindra Kelekar
(2007) Gopi Chand Narang, Ramakanta Rath (2009) Chandranath Mishra Amar, Kunwar Narayan, Bholabhai Patel, Kedarnath Singh, Khushwant Singh
Khushwant Singh
(2010) Raghuveer Chaudhari, Arjan Hasid, Sitakant Mahapatra, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Asit Rai, Satya Vrat Shastri
Satya Vrat Shastri
(2013) Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa, C. Narayana Reddy
C. Narayana Reddy
(2014) Nirendranath Chakravarty, Gurdial Singh (2016)

Honorary Fellows

Léopold Sédar Senghor
Léopold Sédar Senghor
(1974) Edward C. Dimock, Jr., Daniel H. H. Ingalls Sr., Kamil Zvelebil, Ji Xianlin (1996) Vassilis Vitsaxis, Eugene Chelyshev
Eugene Chelyshev
(2002) Ronald E. Asher (2007) Abhimanyu Unnuth (2013)

Premchand Fellowship

Intizar Hussain (2005)

Ananda Coomaraswamy Fellowship

Senake Bandaranayake, Chie Nakane, Azad N. Shamatov (1996)

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Saraswati Samman

1990-1999

Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Harivansh Rai Bachchan
(1991) Ramakanta Rath (1992) Vijay Tendulkar
Vijay Tendulkar
(1993) Harbhajan Singh (1994) Balamani Amma
Balamani Amma
(1995) Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
(1996) Manubhai Pancholi (1997) Shankha Ghosh
Shankha Ghosh
(1998) Indira Parthasarathy (1999)

2000-2009

Manoj Das
Manoj Das
(2000) Dalip Kaur Tiwana
Dalip Kaur Tiwana
(2001) Mahesh Elkunchwar (2002) Govind Chandra Pande (2003) Sunil Gangopadhyay
Sunil Gangopadhyay
(2004) Ayyappa Paniker
Ayyappa Paniker
(2005) Jagannath Prasad Das
Jagannath Prasad Das
(2006) Naiyer Masud (2007) Lakshmi Nandan Bora (2008) Surjit Paatar
Surjit Paatar
(2009)

2010-2019

S. L. Bhyrappa
S. L. Bhyrappa
(2010) A. A. Manavalan (2011) Sugathakumari
Sugathakumari
(2012) Govind Mishra (2013) Veerappa Moily
Veerappa Moily
(2014) Padma Sachdev (2015) Mahabaleshwar Sail
Mahabaleshwar Sail
(2016)

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Padma Award winners of Odisha

Padma Vibhushan

Kelucharan Mohapatra
Kelucharan Mohapatra
(2000) Sitakant Mahapatra
Sitakant Mahapatra
(2010) Raghunath Mohapatra
Raghunath Mohapatra
(2013)

Padma Bhushan

Mahadeva Iyer Ganapati (1954) Prana Krushna Parija
Prana Krushna Parija
(1955) Nilakantha Das
Nilakantha Das
(1960) Radhanath Rath (1968) Kalindi Charan Panigrahi (1971) Gopinath Mohanty
Gopinath Mohanty
(1981) Kelucharan Mohapatra
Kelucharan Mohapatra
(1988) Trilochan Pradhan (1990) Raghunath Mohapatra
Raghunath Mohapatra
(2001) Sitakant Mahapatra
Sitakant Mahapatra
(2003) Ramakanta Rath (2006) Ramakanta Panda* (2010) Jatin Das (2012) Jogesh Pati* (2013)

Padma Shri

Laxminarayan Sahu (1955) Isaac Santra* (1956) Sailabala Das (1959) Lakshman Singh Jangpangi (1959) Artaballabha Mohanty (1960) Parshuram Mishra (1961) Shanti Kumar Tribhuvandas Raja (1962) Sachidananda Routray (1962) Paramananda Acharya
Paramananda Acharya
(1964) Kruthartha Acharya (1965) Swami Bichitranada Das (1966) Mayadhar Mansingh (1967) Abhin Chandra Rao (1968) Sadashiv Rath Sharma (1969) Mohan Nayak (1970) Sadasiv Misra (1971) G. S. Melkote (1972) Kelucharan Mohapatra
Kelucharan Mohapatra
(1974) Satyanarayana Rajguru (1974) Sanjukta Panigrahi
Sanjukta Panigrahi
(1975) Nimai Charan Harichandan (1976) Raghunath Mohapatra
Raghunath Mohapatra
(1976) Krushna Chandra Panigrahi (1976) Prafulla Kumar Jena (1977) Saroj Raj Choudhury* (1983) Basantibala Jena (1984) Jadunath Supakar* Binod Kanungo (1986) Sudarshan Sahoo (1988) Radha
Radha
Mohan Gadanayak (1990) Surendra Mohanty (1991) Pankaj Charan Das
Pankaj Charan Das
(1992) Bhagaban Sahu (1992) Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi
Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi
(1998) Kunja Bihari Meher (1998) Manoj Das* (2001) Tulasi Munda
Tulasi Munda
(2001) Gopal Chhotray (2002) Kota Harinarayana* (2002) Gopal Chandra Mitra (2003) Dilip Tirkey (2004) Maguni Charan Das (2004) Manoranjan Das (2004) Nalini Ranjan Mohanty* (2004) Chaturbhuj Meher (2005) Kumkum Mohanty (2005) Madhu Sudan Kanungo* (2005) Ileana Citaristi
Ileana Citaristi
(2006) Ghanashyam Mishra (2006) Pratibha Ray
Pratibha Ray
(2007) Rabi Narayan Bastia* (2007) Gangadhar Pradhan
Gangadhar Pradhan
(2008) Srinibash Udgata
Srinibash Udgata
(2008) Jayanta Mahapatra (2009) Raghunath Panigrahi (2010) Ignace Tirkey (2010) Minati Mishra (2012) Apurba Kishore Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir
(2013) Kailash Chandra Meher
Kailash Chandra Meher
(2013) Taraprasad Das (2013) Ajay Kumar Parida* (2014) Geeta Mahalik (2014) Subrat Kumar Acharya (2014) Sudarsan Pattnaik
Sudarsan Pattnaik
(2014) Prafulla Kar
Prafulla Kar
(2015) Haldhar Nag
Haldhar Nag
(2016) Nila Madhab Panda* (2016)

*birth place Odisha

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