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The Profile of Feminist Writer Dr. Sarojini Sahoo

Tuesday, Mar 12 - 2013 | By

Dr. Sarojini Sahoo born in a small town of Dhenkanal in Odisha (India), She has an MA and PhD degrees in Oriya Literature and a Bachelor of Law from Utkal University. She now teaches at a Degree college in Belpahar, Jharsuguda of Odisha. She is the second daughter of Mr.Ishwar Chandra Sahoo and Mrs.(Late) Nalini Devi and has married to Mr.Jagadish Mohanty , a veteran writer of Odisha and has a son (Anubhav) and daughter(Sambedana). 

She is a distinguished bilingual South Asian feminist writer, an associate editor of a feature oriented English journal Indian AGE, and a regular columnist in The New Indian Express; she has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award and the Prajatantra Award. Kindle magazine of Kolkata has enlisted her among 25 exceptional women of India. She is also in the advisory board of Indian Journal of Post Colonial Literature; published from the English Department of Newman College, Thodupuzah, Kerala. In English, one novel, two anthologies of short stories and a collection of essays have been published to her credit so far. In Odia, ten novels and ten short stories collections have been published so far to her credit. Many of her novels, short stories collection have been translated in to Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and have been published from India and Bangladesh. 

She is also a known blogger and has gained world wide fame for her ideas in feminism. Her Blogs are SENSE & SENSUALITY, FEMININE-FRAGRANCE and INDIA. 

She has had an illustrious literary career. Though she is a bilingual writer, she prefers to write her creative writings in Odia(Oriya) and her critical appraisal in English. She has been widely translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins, National Book Trust,Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi. She is the first Odia(Oriya) writer to have a novel translated and published from Bangladesh. Gambhiri Ghara (The Dark Abode) was a bestseller in Bangladesh when it was published under the title Mithya Gerosthali. Her stories have been translated into Bengali, English and French. She is also perhaps the only Odia woman writer to have dealt with lesbian sex in her story, ‘Behind the Scene’ (Nepathya). Redefining femininity with Eastern perspective, her book Sensible Sensuality explores why sexuality plays a major role in understanding of Eastern feminism. This book is rare of its kind and has covered the topics that never be discussed so far in any Indian discourse. Her debatable concept on feminism, her denial of Simone De Beauvoir’s ‘the other theory’, make her prominent feminist personality of South Asia and for which KINDLE Magazine of India has placed her among 25 exceptional mindset women of India. 

Delhi Doordarshan, the National Channel of India has featured her life style and creations in its special Tele-serial “Literary Postcard”. 

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