Prolific Odia poet, essayist, fiction writer and columnist Hara Prasad Das has been selected for the prestigious Moortidevi Award 2013 for his book, Vamsha, a recreation of Mahabharata in the new idiom of contemporary poetry.
The selection committee under the chairmanship of Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, also a well known writer in Kannada, unanimously decided to confer the 26th Moortidevi award to Shri Das.
The annual literary award carrying cash prize, a plaque, a statue of goddess of learning Saraswati and a shawl is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization.
This is the second Moortidevi award given for Odia literature. In 1991, Dr Pratibha Ray received the award for her novel ‘Yagnaseni’.
“Union minister and chairman of the Moortidevi award selection board, Veerappa Moily, called me in the evening and broke the news. I dedicate this award to the young poets of the state,” said Das.
Known to be one of the leading Indian poet Hara Prasad Das has published 12 collections of poems, a compilation of short fiction, four collections of essays, numerous translation and few books of edited works in Odia. Although basically a poet, he constantly devotes his time to write essays, criticisms and socio-cultural commentaries.
The award winning ‘Vamsha’, describes the Mahabharata from a modern man’s perspective and a spectacular work of poetry in terms of style and interpretation.