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Ramakant Rath, 1934-


Image of Ramakant Rath, 1934- (photo credit: Guarav Sharma)

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  1. Shathie.
    1st ed. Bhubanesvara : Caturanga Prakasani, 2000 (LCCN: 2001291790)
  2. Sri Radha.
    4th ed., Bhubanesvara : Larka Buks, 1996
    (LCCN: 85905195; LC has different edition)
  3. Sri Palataka.
    1st ed., Bhubanesvara : Larka Buks, 1996
    (Not acquired by LC)
  4. Unpublished
    • "Keu bidesaru tame asila"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 136-139
    • "Mum tamaku praya pura bhuli sarithili"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 135-136
  5. English Poems
    • "What shall I wear on the day"
      MP3 excerpt: [ Excepts ]
    • "The soldier in exile"
      MP3 excerpt: [ Excepts]
  6. Sri Radha.
    Surrey: Spantech and Lancer, 1999
    (LCCN: 96904851; LC has a different edition)
    • "Untitled"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 49-50
    • "A request to the dead"
      MP3 excerpt: [ Excepts ]

Ramakant Rath, born in Cuttack, Orissa started his illustrious creative life as a poet writing in Oriya in the 1960s. A poet of remarkable calibre, he has always remained largely unconcerned about readers' responses, demonstrating a solid faith in his poetry. The search for the mystical, the riddles of life and death, the inner solitude of individual selves, and subservience to material needs and carnal desires are among this philosopher poet's favorite themes. His poetry betrays a sense of pessimism along with counter-aesthetics, and he steadfastly refuses to put on the garb of a preacher of goodness and absolute beauty. His poetry is full of melancholy and laments the inevitability of death and the resultant feeling of futility.

Kete Dinara, 1962; Aneka Kothari, 1967; Sandigdha Mrigaya, 1971; Saptama Ritu, 1977; Sachitra Andhara, 1982, (all poetry); Sri Radha, 1984; and Sri Palataka, 1997(both long poems) are his major works. A number of his poems have been translated into English and other Indian languages.

He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Saraswati Samman, 1992, and Bishuva Samman, 1990, and Kabir Samman, 1993. Presently he is the President, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.

The Library of Congress has eight of his works.


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