Eminent Odia writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo passed away on 25 June after a long battle with cancer. Sahoo was on ventilator support in a private hospital due to multi-organ failure.
Sahoo, 90, is survived by his wife, and two children.
A recipient of many awards and recognition for his literary works, Sahoo was bestowed with the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 for his story book 'Akasha Patata'.
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Some of Sahoo's popular story editions include: Prema Tribhuja (1952), Michha Bagha (1955), Srunantu Sarbe Amrutasya Putra (1957), Ganjei O' Gabesana (1961), Ranu Apa Tharu Pushi Parjyanta, Andha Ratira Surya (1965), Anya Rupa Rupantara, Akasha Patala, Pingala Se Anya Jane, Kapota Pakhi Guru Mora, Sumitra Ra Hasa, Bishnu Maya, Papa O' Mukti, Se Kala Pakhala, Brundabanara Sesha Dhupa, Ja Devi Sama Grushesu, Galpa Bichitra and Nibeditara Naisyabhisara.
His popular novels include: Dhara O Dhara, Tamasi Radha and Hansa Mithuna. He received the Sarala Award in 1983 and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for his book, 'Abhisapta Gandharba' (a compilation of short stories), in 1984.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled Sahoo's demise and decribed him as a great writer.
In a condolence message, Patnaik said: "Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo is one of the greatest Odia short story writers in the post-Independence era. His short story book 'Abhisapta Gandharba' was one of the finest works of Odia literature. He will always be remembered for his outstanding contribution to Odia literature. The state has lost an exceptional writer with the demise of Sahoo. May his soul rest in peace."
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