Dr. Gayatribala Panda (b.1977) is a well known Odia poet, fiction writer, editor, journalist and literary critic. Best known for her poetry, she was awarded the first Kendra Sahitya Akademi “ Yuva Puraskar” in Odia for her poetry collection “GAAN”(The Village) in 2011.
Born on 17th April 1977 in village Sadeipur of District Cuttack (Present District Jagtsinghpur) in Odisha(INDIA)
She has to her credit eleven collections of poetry (two of which translated into Hindi, one translated into English), four novels and two collections of short story.
She was awarded first Kendra Sahitya Akademi “ Yuva Puraskar” in Odia for her poetry collection “GAAN”(The Village) in 2011.
The anguish of a woman, social injustices and inequalities are the most dominant theme of her poetry.
She started Journalism as the career and joined in leading Odia Newspaper ‘Sambad’.
As a poet she has been invited to literary conferences and festivals in various parts of India.
The portrayal of rural Odisha in the stories testifies to Gayatribala Panda’s talent in the art; the characters turn alive with her incising vision. The stories carry the author’s philosophy of life, amid its misery and compassion. The subject of child psychology and child labour is a major concern in many stories. The stories are readable and humble; leading the reader along the collective incompleteness, chaos and ugliness to the realities and ultimate truth of life. This writer is a champion celebrator of life in its myriad possibilities. The collection will affect the readers, I am sure. - Bibhuti Patnaik, Eminent writer
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