Bhubaneswar, 21/06/2016 ( Odisha Samachar )- The Lost World of Sarala Devi edited by Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa, Koraput has been launched at Kalinga Literary Festival on 19.06.2016 organised at Hotel Mayfair convention, Bhubaneswar. The book was published by the International Publishing House, Oxford University Press. Hon’ble Industry and Mass Education Minister of Odisha, Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Former Union Minister Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament Dr. Subramanian Swamy, leading poet & thinker Shri Haraprasad Das and Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA Bhubaneswar attended the launching ceremony. This is the 29th book of Prof. Mohanty.
According to the book “a multifaceted personality and a prolific Odia writer, Sarala Devi (1904–1986) was a noted freedom fighter, feminist, and social activist of her times. Her work covers many forms, including prose, fiction, play, literary criticism, and biography. This book brings together some of Sarala Devi’s best writings, including her charming tales for children with fascinating characters. Far ahead of her time, and completely forgotten now, she voiced important social and political concerns through her works and advocated a larger role for women in the public sphere.”
“Edited by Prof. Mohanty, this compilation of lucid pieces translated from Odia not only enables us to grasp the development of Indian feminism but also offers a glimpse into the lost world of a reformer with a fiery spirit. Prof. Mohanty does justice to this complicated woman by his selection from her writings and recognition of changes in her position on certain issues. This book will encourage additional research of value to women’s history.”
Prof. Mohanty was speaker at Kalinga Literary Festival in the session heading ‘A literary Journey of Kalinga: Contemporary reflections, moderated a session on the topic “Is Romanticism Dead in contemporary Literature?’ and had discussion with Arundhati Subramaniam on the Book launching session. The book The Lost World of Sarala Devi of Prof. Mohanty was highly appreciated by the intellectual community present at the festival as a path-breaking book on the contribution of multifaceted personality and a prolific Odia writer Sarala Devi.