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Jagannath Prasad Das

Jagannath Prasad Das (J.P.) (born 26 April 1936) is an eminent litterateur from Odisha who has dominated the Odia literary scene for over forty years. His literary oeuvre comprise poetry, plays, short stories, novel, essays, children’s poems and nonsense verse. He has done translations of literary works from different languages into Odia and English. He has done extensive research into Odishan art and has published three works on the pictorial arts of the state. He has also done paintings, acted on stage and in films, and taken an active part in social and cultural movements. His writings have been widely translated into Hindi, English and other Indian languages, bringing him national recognition. He has been honoured with awards for his writings, the important ones being the Central Sahitya Akademi award for his poetry (which he refused), the Nandikar Award for plays, the Sarala Award for short stories and the Saraswati Samman for his poetry. He has been connected with literary, cultural, and charitable organisations and has been member/office holder of these bodies.

Jagannath Prasad Das (Writer)
Jagannath Prasad Das
Jagannath Prasad Das
Born (1936-04-26) 26 April 1936 (age 83)
Puri, Odisha
Pen nameJ.P., J.P.Das
LanguageOdia, English
NationalityIndian
Alma materUtkal University (1953–55),
Allahabad University (1955–57)
Period1960s
GenrePoetry, Short Story, Plays, Novel, Essays, Art History, Translation
Notable worksEnglish: Puri Paintings,
Odia: Prathama Purusha, Parikrama, Desha Kala Patra, Suryasta Purbaru
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award, Saraswati Samman, Nandikar Award

Starting his career with a brief teaching assignment as assistant professor in the University of Allahabad, he joined the Indian Administrative Service and had held many important positions in the Government of Odisha and the Central Government. He has chosen to settle down in Delhi after taking premature retirement from Government service and is a well-known figure in the cultural and social life of the city where he lives.

It would come as no surprise that Sumanyu Satpathy has titled a short biographical piece he has written on him The Artist as Polumetis, the Greek term meaning many-mindedness.

Early lifeEdit

Das was born on 26 April 1936 to Shridhar Das and Indu Devi at Banpur in the Puri District of Odisha. His father Shridhar Das, an eminent literatteur, was then teaching at the Banpur High School. Banpur is a village and Das studied in the local ‘vernacular’ school. Shridhar moved to Cuttack as professor in the Christ College there and the family moved there in 1948. J P enrolled in the Mission School (later called the Christ Collegiate School) and passed the matriculation examination from there (1951). He did his Intermediate in Arts from the Christ College (1953) and Bachelor of Arts (honours) from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack (1955). He was a good student and secured high ranks in all the examinations. He moved to Allahabad to do his Master of Arts in political science, which he passed in 1957, topping the list of successful candidates.

Early writingEdit

Das started writing poetry from his school days, and one of his earliest poems was published in the reputed Odia literary journal Kumkum in 1949 when he was thirteen years old. He regularly contributed to Odia literary journals and shared space with many literary luminaries of the time. In 1951, he brought out a collection of 39 of his poems titled Stabaka (meaning 'Bouquet', published by Odisha Publishing House, Cuttack, priced four annas. He continued writing poetry and was considered a major young voice in Odia poetry. However, he stopped writing when he moved to Allahabad. His next collection of poems was to appear only in 1971.

Das has not included these early poems in his later anthologies, considering them juvenilia. However, many readers of his early poems still remember the words of those poems and feel that they should not be excluded from the corpus of his poems.

Service careerEdit

Das joined the IAS in 1958 and was allotted the Odisha cadre. His earliest posting was to Rourkella as Subdivisional Officer. He thereafter worked in several Departments of Government of Odisha, and was secretary of the Departments of Works and Transport, Industries, and Finance at different times. In 1973, he was deputed to the Central Government in Delhi and worked in the Commerce and the Finance Ministries. In 1976, he did his M.Phil. in the Indian Institute of Public Administration, and took a Homi Bhabha fellowship to research. After completing the fellowship, he joined as the resident commissioner of the Government of Odisha at Delhi from which post he took premature retirement in 1984.

Das is on record saying that of the years he spent in government service, he considers the three years he spent in Kalahandi district of Odisha as Collector and District Magistrate as the most rewarding and fulfilling of his career.

KalahandiEdit

Das was posted to Kalahandi in 1963, when the district was one of the most backward ones having a substantial tribal population and lacking in basic facilities. The district faced severe drought in 1965, which necessitated tremendous efforts by the administration to provide relief to ameliorate the condition of the famine-stricken population. He has written about the problems he had faced when he stopped the export of food grains outside the district, though his order was rescinded by the Government. The authorities had to permit import rice at a later date. J P Das has written a poem on Kalahandi, which has gained an almost classic status.

PoetryEdit

Das considers poetry his first love. He is also on record saying: "All that I want to say, let me say in poetry". Writing poems from an early age, he published his first collection of poems in 1951, which he later called immatured. His next collection Prathama Purusha came out after a twenty-year hiatus in 1971 and made a great impact on the Odia poetry scene. The poems were hailed as free from the existing trends in poetry and received rave reviews. Translation of the collection soon followed and was equally well-received. Mulk Raj Anand called the translated poems in First Person "authentic poetic expression in new metaphor". Of the Urdu translation, a review said: "Das’s sensibility is easily comparable with that of Faiz in Urdu".

Given below are some comments on his poetry at different times.

- "If contemporary Odia poetry has acquired a new dimension and sophistication in terms of vision, technical integrity and innovative use of the creative medium, it was because of J.P.Das's contribution."  Kavya Bharati,1997

- "An unusual blending of the sense of beauty and the sense of joy in living and loving makes his poetry extremely readable and accessible. His passion for the diverse facets of life and existence makes his poetry vibrant and rejuvenating. The sense of rhythm that he tries to capture in his poetry is very close to the colloquial speech." -Kavya Bharati, Madurai, Issue 13, 2001

- "J.P.Das's collection of poems] is authentic poetic expressions in new metaphors."  Mulk Raj Anand

- "There is no self-indulgent practicing here; form and language suggest a strong, mature personality."   – Nissim Ezekiel

- "His poetry is universal as true poetry should be and ranks with some of the best in any language."   – Vassilis Vitsaxis

- "The world that J.P.Das creates is both magical and historical, lost and redeemed."   – Mary O'Connor

- "J.P.Das's is a poetry of concern, of dread and angst in a world growing darker day by day...its virtues are to be sought in its moral earnestness and its faithfulness to the gruesome reality of our times of torment."  K. Satchidanandan

PaintingEdit

J.P.Das held the first (and only) exhibition of sixteen of his paintings in 1971 at Bhubaneswar. His formal training in Art was joining the diploma course of fine arts at the Allahabad University, which he could not finish.

Though painted by an amateur Sunday artist, the paintings got some good reviews. Dr. Dinanath Pathy wrote: "It is not necessary that one should go through a training course in fine arts to make a good artist….All the sixteen canvases on display were marked with a freshness and individuality, which clearly indicated a good artist in the making…..With his vision and sincerity, he will one day establish himself one day as a true artist." Prof. Inam Ansari, another reviewer wrote: "Given time and maturity, Das is sure to succeed and prove a worthy member of the artist fraternity".

But this was not to be, for Das stopped this creative activity and thus ended the short period of his career as visual artist.

Short storiesEdit

J.P.Das wrote his first short-story in 1980, many years after publishing poetry. His very first short-story attracted attention for the novelty of its theme as well as for the use of a new style and language for Odia fiction. Since then, he has alternated between poetry and prose and given both equal attention.

He is now as much known as a fiction writer as a poet, and his collection of short stories has been awarded the prestigious Sarala Award. Many of his short stories have been produced as television films.

Given below are some appreciations of his short stories:

- "His stories draw a map of India whereby seemingly incontestable categories, widely accepted beliefs and traditions associated with the national identity collapse…. The stories gain a deeper, unstated meaning as they provide an acid critique of a country largely transformed under the pressures of globalization…. J.P.Das’s characters re-validate the assertion that the authentic re-appropriation of one’s cultural space remains by and large one of the most critical unfinished agendas of our time."   – Mauricio D. Aguilera Linde

- "J.P.Das is the quintessential raconteur with an instinctive mastery of form."   – The Hindu

- "J.P.Das’s stories begin with clinical and detached descriptions…but at some point, imperceptively, the mood changes and we find ourselves in an uncharted territory, where shadows of unresolved mysteries darken the surface of quotidian life."   – Meenakshi Mukherjee

- "Epiphanies and liquid perceptions are subtly phased into one another, characters and situations multiply and recreate themselves and mature as the whole seems to be spawned by an intelligent camera."   – The Book Review

- "A feature of J.P.Das’s stories is the slow, deliberate accretion of detail that seems calculated to make the reader breathless and impatient, driving him on to the inevitable climax, which provides a sense of relief as well as disbelief."   – Bikram K. Das

- "He occupies a special place in the history of the Odia short story, having helped to modernise it by expanding its horizon and by his unusual angles of approach….JP is one among the few living contemporary Odia writers who is astute in mapping the relations between writing and social power as they obtain in a provincial milieu."   – Himansu S. Mohapatra

DramaEdit

J.P.Das wrote two short plays in 1960 and then wrote his first full-length play Suryasta Purbaru (translated into English as Before the Sunset) in 1971. This play was staged in a Bengali version in Kolkata the next year, even before it was staged in Odia in Odisha. In 1976, the Hindi version was performed in Delhi directed by the eminent theatre personality Ram Gopal Bajaj. Om Puri played the role of the protagonist Deepankar in the play. The play has since been translated into many other languages and staged in different parts of the country giving it the status of a classic. It is included in the volume Modern Indian Plays published by the National School of Drama.

His second play Saba Shesha Loka (translated into English as [The Underdogs]) was also produced in the Hindi version first, directed by eminent theatre and film personality Ravi Baswani. Thespian Pankaj Kapoor essayed the important role of Ram/Shyam in the play.

A subsequent play of his, Sundardas, was staged by the Department of Art and Aesthetics of the Jawaharlal Nehru University directed by the renowned playwright and theatre-person H.S.Shiva Prakash. It was also staged under the auspices of Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts.

JP Das has been closely associated with the new theatre movement in Odisha and is a founder trustee of the Utkal Rangamanch Trust, Bhubaneswar. He has been an office-bearer of Bharatiya Natya Sangh, the Indian branch of International Theatre. He was the vice-chairman of National School of Drama. He has been honoured with Nandikar Theatre Award Nandikar Award, Kolkata as an eminent playwright.

He has done some acting on stage too; mention may be made of his role as father in his own play Made for Each Other and as Fateh Muhammad in Manoranjan Das’s play Buxi Jagabandhu.

Below are given some comments on J.P.Das’s plays:

  • "J.P.Das is a versatile writer and his plays are literary works at their best. It is hoped that these works of an important Indian playwright will delight both readers and theatre-persons."   – Nirmal KantiBhattachraje (in his Introduction to Complete Plays by J.P.Das)
  • "J.P.Das has now secured his place among the leading playwrights of the country."   -Enact
  • "J.P.Das is a poet turned playwright and his poetic sensitivity, compassion and perspective inform his plays. He leaves many things to the imagination of the audience or gives only suggestions, as a poet would. But he does succeed in saying many things with a minimum of words."   -J.N.Kaushal
  • "Sundardas is a significant addition to Indian dramatic literature. The play is an insightful treatment of the politics of conversion."   – H.S.Shivaprakash

Association with filmsEdit

J.P.Das has been closely associated with cinema, having been an active member of the Bhubaneswar and Delhi Film Societies. He has been on the Boards of Orissa Film Development Corporation and the Children’s Film Society, India. CFSI. He was Chairman of the International Jury of Children’s Film Awards of the international organisation CIFEJ in 1985.

He was a member of the International Children’s Film Awards jury, 1989. He was a member of the jury of National Film Awards in the years 1985, 1988 and 1990. He was a Member of the Film Review Committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Planning during 2001–2003.

He was instrumental in organizing the International Children’s Film Festival in Bhubaneswar in 1987. He has edited a volume Films for Children published by Vikas Publishing House. He has acted in telefilm Sunaina directed by S.N. Dhir and in the tele-serial Panchhi directed by Ravi Baswani. Many of his short stories have been made into telefilms.

NovelEdit

Desha Kala Patra (A Time Elsewhere)Edit

Das has written one historical novel, a fictional account of Odisha in the second half of the 19th century. In its six hundred pages, it gives a panoramic picture of the political, social, cultural and literary history of the State of Odisha. Published in 1992, it has already got into several editions and has gained the status of a literary classic.

The book was chosen for translation into all Indian languages by the National Book Trust under their Aadaan Pradaan scheme, and it has been translated into Hindi, Bengali and English. A film project based on the book is under way.

In his translator’s note to the English translation A Time Elsewhere, published by Penguin Books, Prof. Jatindra K. Nayak has the following to say about the book: It tells the story of the transformation of a traditional society under the impact of colonial rule....it seeks to construct an alternate narrative in which the colonised is not content to be only written about; he is seen as shaping his own destiny. muse India

Translations and EditingEdit

Besides translating some of his own work in Odia into English, he has also translated other works in different languages into both Odia and English. He has translated Odia Women Poets’ Work into English (with Arlene Zide), Catherine Clement’s poems from French into English (with the poet), Gulzar’s poems from Urdu into English, Swedish poet Werner Aspenstrom’s poems into Odia, a medieval Odia text Lakshmipurana into English and the poetry of Odia Dalit poet Basudev Sunani into English.

He edited the first ever anthology of Odia Short Stories in English translation. He has edited an anthology of poetry from different Indian languages ( with K.Satchidanandan), and a volume of essays, Films for Children.

FellowshipsEdit

Das has been awarded the following Fellowships for research and creative writing:

  • Homi Bhabha Fellow (1979–1981) for research on Pata Paintings of Odisha
  • Emeritus Fellow of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India (1994–1996)
  • K. K. Birla Foundation Fellowship in Comparative Literature (1996–1998)

AwardsEdit

  • Vishuva Award from Pajatantra Prachar Samiti – 1976 and 1984
  • Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award – 1975 (for Je Jahara Nirjanata)
  • Sahitya Akademi Award – 1990 (for Ahnika). He did not accept the award.
  • Sarala Award – 1998 (for Priya Vidushaka)
  • Nandikar Playwright Award – 2000
  • Saraswati Samman – 2006 (for Parikrama)

Research workEdit

Though Odisha temple sculpture and architecture has been studied by scholars for a long time, no such study had been done of the rich tradition of pictorial arts of Odisha. This shortcoming was made good with the publication of Das's Puri Paintings: The Chitrakara and His Work (Arnold-Heinemann, New Delhi and Humanities Press, New Jersey, US) in 1982. It was the first book on the distinctive Pata style of painting of Odisha and received rave reviews on its publication.

Eberhard Fischer had the following to say in his review of the book in Artibus Asiae, 2/3 1983: This book is an important contribution to our knowledge of traditional painters’ role and of Orissa’s rich artistic heritage.... The text is well-written, scholarly and clear. The author, a well-known poet and an administrator, deserves high praise for his direct and unpretentious presentation. J.P.Das, also an amateur painter, has been acquainted since his childhood with traditional Orissan paintings and as a young IAS officer was involved in Handicraft Programmes of the Orissan Government. For his thesis, he lived and worked mainly in Raghurajpur near Puri, observed the painters’ way of life and their working techniques, and conducted interviews. Furthermore, he obtained records from the Puri Temple Administration Office, and searched for relevant Civil Court records of Puri and for documents from the American Friends Service Organisation. He finally visited museums, mainly in Calcutta and London, studying their collections of Pata paintings to form his own ideas about historic questions.....What I enjoyed most when reading this important publication is the clear diction and the well-organised layout. J.P.Das is on the whole unprejudiced as a historian and yet critical in all questions concerning general assumptions.

Miloslav Krasa, reviewing the book in Archiv Orientalni 54, 1986, wrote: This study is a basic and valuable contribution to a long-neglected subject, filling yet another lacuna in our knowledge of the social and cultural history of Orissa.

Puri Paintings has helped in promoting this painting style in India and abroad and has gained respect and recognition of the painters.

J P Das followed up this book with two other books on the pictorial arts of Orissa: Chitra-Pothi: Illustrated Palm-leaf Manuscripts from Orissa ( Arnold-Heinemann, New Delhi and Lotus Press, London, 1985) and Palm-leaf Miniatures: The Art of Raghunath Prusty of Orissa (Abhinav Publications, New Delhi,1991). The first of these books is about the art of illuminating kavya texts from medieval Odia literature on palm-leaves. The second book, written in collaboration with Prof. Joanna Williams of the University of Berkeley, California, is about one such palm-leaf artist, Raghunath Prusty who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century. Both books were highly appreciated and well- reviewed. Prof. Pratapaditya Pal wrote in Marg ( Vol.49 No.3 March 1998) : The recent research and publications by at least two enthusiasts, among others, will redress the balance [neglect of study of Orissan painting] and Orissan Painting will receive the attention it deserves. The scholars are J.P.Das of India and Joanna Williams of the United States

Children's/nonsense versesEdit

During a period of illness in 1991 J.P.Das wrote some nonsense verses as also some poems for children which were published in 1993 in two books under the titles Alimalika (Publications Division, New Delhi)and Alukuchi-Malukuchi (Lark Books, Bhubaneswar). Both titles mean ‘odds and ends’ in Odia. Children’s and nonsense writing are rather neglected in Odia and the two books e hence were a pleasant addition to this genre of writing in Odia literature. J P Das himself translated some of the poems from these two books into English and published Alimalika: Children’s Nonsense Rhymes (Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 2004). In 2008, he published another such collection under the title Anabana – also meaning ‘odds and ends’ in Odia – (Ink Odisha, Bhubaneswar). Another similar collection by him, written during another period of illness, Aanamaana was published in 2015.

Books by J P Das in OdiaEdit

Odia poetryEdit

  • Prathama Purusha – 1971
  • Anya sabu Mrtyu – 1976
  • Je Jahara Nirjanata – 1979
  • Anya Desha Bhinna Samaya – 1982
  • Jatrara Prathama Pada – 1988
  • Ahnika – 1990
  • Sthirachitra – 1991
  • Sacharachara – 1994
  • Smrtira Sahara – 1995
  • Parikrama – 1998
  • Asamaya – 2004
  • Kabita Samagra – Ink Odisha, Bhubaneswar, -2011

Odia Short StoriesEdit

  • Bhavanatha O Anyamane – 1982
  • Dinacharya – 1983
  • Ame Jeunmane – 1986
  • Sakshatkara – 1986
  • Priya Bidushaka – 1991
  • Shesha Paryanta – 1995
  • Icchhapatra – 2000
  • Indradhanu, Akhi O Kabitara Dirghajibana – 2009

Odia playsEdit

  • Suryasta Purbaru – 1977
  • Saba Shesha Loka – 1980
  • Asangata Nataka – 1981
  • Purbaraaga – 1983
  • Sundara Das – 1993

Odia novelEdit

  • Desha Kala Patra – Prachi Prakashan, Bhubaneswar, 1991

Children's literature (Odia)/nonsense rhymesEdit

  • Alimalika – Publication Division, Ministry of I and B, Government of India, 1993
  • Alukuchi Malukuchi – Lark, 1993/Timepass, Bhubaneswar, 1993
  • Anabana – Ink Odisha, Bhubaneswar, 2008
  • Anamana – Timepass, Bhubaneswar, 2016

Translation into OdiaEdit

  • Svapna-bichara – 2000

Anthologies of Poetry and Short Stories in OdiaEdit

  • Chha'ti Jhia – 1987
  • Premakabita (poetry) – 1991
  • Shreshtha Kabita (poetry) – 1993
  • Purbapara-1(Samagra Kabita 1970–79) (poetry) – 1995
  • Purbapara-2(Samagra Kabita 1980–94) (poetry) – 1996
  • Rangalipi – 1997
  • Kathajatra(short stories)- 2000
  • Kabita Samagra(poetry) – 2011
  • Shreshtha Galpa (short stories)- 2014

Books by J P Das in EnglishEdit

Research worksEdit

  • Puri Paintings: The Chitrakara and His Work, Arnold-Heinemann, 1982
  • Chitra-Pothi: Illustrated Palm-leaf Manuscripts, Arnold-Heinemann, 1985
  • Palm-leaf Miniatures (with Joanna Williams), Abhinav Publications, 1991

EssaysEdit

  • Reflections on Literature and Culture, Sikshasandhan, 2009

Works editedEdit

  • Oriya Short Stories, Vikas Publishing House, 1983
  • Films for Children, Vikas Publishing House, 1987
  • Kavita 93 (with K. Satchidanandan), Virgo Publications, 1993

Works translatedEdit

  • Growing an Indian Star (with Catherine Clement), Vikas Publishing House, 1991
  • Under a Silent Sun (with Arlene Zide), Vikas Publishing House, 1992
  • Autumn Moon, Rupa Publishing House, 1999

Books by Das translated into EnglishEdit

  • First Person – Tr: Deba Patnaik, Arnold-Heinemann, 1976
  • Love is a Season – Tr: Poet, Arnold-Heinemann, 1978
  • Timescapes – Tr: Poet, Arnold-Heinemann, 1980
  • Silences – Tr: Poet, Vikas, 1989
  • Diurnal Rites – Tr: H. Panda, Sahitya Akademi, 1994
  • The Unreal City – Tr: Durga P. Panda, Har Anand, 1997
  • Lovelines – Tr: Poet with Paul St-Pierre, Virgo, 2001
  • Alimalika – Tr: Poet, Writers Workshop, 2004
  • Dark Times – Tr: Poet with Paul St-Pierre, Virgo, 2004
  • Poems – Tr: Poet, Grassroots, 2004
  • Nanasense – Tr: Sumanyu Satpathy, NBT, 2013

Short storiesEdit

  • The Magic Deer – Tr: Author, Vikas, 1983
  • The Forbidden Street – Tr: Author, Vikas, 1988
  • Spider's Web – Tr: KK. & Leelawati Mahapatra, Vikas, 1990
  • The Prostitute – Tr: Bibhuti Mishra and others, Har Anand, 1995
  • The Pukka Sahib – Tr: Bikram K Das, Harper Collins, 2001
  • Stories – Tr: Paul St-Pierre, Leela and K K Mahapatra, Grassroots, 2003
  • Dear Jester – Tr: R K Swain and Paul St-Pierre, Rupa, 2004
  • The Will – Tr: Ashok Mohanty, Sahitya Akademi, 2007

PlaysEdit

  • Before the Sunset – Tr: Author, Arnold-Heinemnn, 1978
  • Two Plays – Tr: Author, Writers Workshop, 1983
  • The Underdog – Tr: Ravi Baswani, Vikas, 1984
  • Absurd Play – Tr: Author, Writers Workshop, 1989
  • Sundardas – Tr. Paul St-Pierre and others, NSD and Har Anand, 2002
  • Miss X – Tr: Author, Rupa, 2002

NovelEdit

  • A Time Elsewhere – Tr: Jatindra K. Nayak, Penguin, 2009

Collections of his works by othersEdit

  • J. P. Das Omnibus, Ed: Paul St. Peirre, Har-Anand, 2012
  • Complete Plays, Ed: N. K. Bhattacharjee, Har-Anand, 2012
  • Selected Short Stories, Ed: Mauricio Aguilera, Har-Anand, 2013
  • Selected Poems, Har-Anand, 2014

Books on J P DasEdit

  • Words on Canvas: J.P.Das and His Work – ed. Ganeswar Mishra (Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi, 2005)
  • Srijan Jatra (Odia) – by Ganeswar Mishra (Vidyapuri, Cuttack, 2010)
  • Priya JP (Odia) – ed. Sumanyu Satpathy (Shiksha Sandhan, Bhubaneswar,2011)
  • Jagannath Prasad: Bandhutara Aasara (Odia) – ed. Ganeswar Mishra (Timepass, Bhubaneswar, 2013)
  • Bahudha (Odia) – by Sumanyu Satpathy, 2014
  • "Bharatiyatara Anweshi JAGANNATH PRASAD DAS" (Odia) – Translated and Edited by Dr Rabinarayan Moharana (Lark Books, Bhubaneswar, 2014)
  • "Mukhashala" (Odia) – Compiled and Translated by Dr Rabinarayan Moharana (Ink Odisha, Bhubaneswar, 2015)
  • "JP JIBANEE" (Odia) – A biography of Dr Jagannath Prasad Das. The book is written by Dr Rabinarayan Moharana and has been published under the auspices of Utkal Sahitya Samaj, Cuttack and by M/s Jagannath Rath, Binod Bihari, Cuttack (Odisha). First Edition : 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  • Authorspeak, Sahitya Akademi, 2006 pages 105-110
  • Going Through Hells, Muse India, Issue 5, Jan–Feb 2006
  • The World of J.P.Das – by Sachidananda Mohanty, The Hindu, March 4, 2007
  • JP Revisited – by Ashok Choudhury, Creative Mind, Vol V, 2008
  • Out of Orissa – by Humra Quraishi, Sunday Tribune, April 18, 2010
  • Taking Stock – by Suresh Kohli, The Hindu, February 4, 2012
  • The Measure of Life – by Jitendranath Mishra, The Nation, Bangkok, March 26, 2012
  • Indian Literature: An Introduction – Delhi University, page 315

VideosEdit

  • Documentary on J.P.Das, Sahitya Akademi (30 minutes)
  • Jaipur Literature Festival, January 22, 2011 (discussion on A Time Elsewhere)
  • Think Literature, Bhubaneswar, December 24, 2013