Ramakanta Rath

Ramakanta Rath

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Ramakanta Rath Profile

  • Name:
  • Ramakanta Rath
  • Born:
  • December 13, 1934
  • Profession / Known For:
  • Poet

Ramakanta Rath Biography

Ramakanta Rath is one of the renowned poets of modern Oriya language. He is deeply influenced by T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. "Kete Dinara","Aneka Kothari", "Sandigdha Mrigaya", "Saptama Ritu" and "Sachitra Andhara" are his noted poetry works. ‘Sri Radha’ won Saraswati Samman in 1992 for Poetry. Sri Palataka written in 1947 is another list of long poems. He is known for ceartive writing and has been active in the literal field since 1960’s. The Library of Congress has eight of his works.


He was born in Cuttack on December 13, 1934. He obtained his MA in English Literature from Ravenshaw College in Orissa. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1957. He was active in writing even while at service. He held many senior posts as an administrator and retired as Chief Secretary Odisha. He has served as the Vice President of the Sahitya Academy of India from 1993 to 1998 and the President of the Sahitya Akademi of India from 1998 to 2003, New Delhi. He received Sahitya Academy award in the year 1992. Saraswati Samman - 1992, Bishuva Samman - 1990, and Kabir Samman – 1993 are the major honours received by him.


His poetry holds the deep shades of death and melancholy. He has always remained largely unconcerned about readers' responses and solely concentrated on to his own faith. He has also experimented with the style and forms of his works. Through his works, the poet often reaches the higher territories of sharp intellectualism. In February 2009 he was awarded a fellowship by the Central Sahitya Akademi. He is the fifth Oriya writer to receive this honour.

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Updated: February 27, 2014


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