Kalindi Charan Panigrahi’s first novel, Matira Manisha, published in 1931, is considered a modern classic in Oriya language.
An Odia film was also made, based on the book. The plot revolves around the family of Shama Pradhan, a rural farmer and his two sons, Baraju and Chakadi.
The complex plot of Matira Manisha encompasses a wide range of contexts and themes such as the Gandhian and Marxist ideologies, postwar social conditions, agrarian culture, rustic life, joint family system and human relationships.
It is a poignant story that upholds the human values of moral concern and sacrifice, delineates the landscape and traditions of a typical Orissan village and presents life in its multiple dimensions of good and evil, love and hatred, joy and sorrow.
Read online PDF version of ‘Matira Manisha’ odia novel, written by Kalindi Charan Panigrahi here.