Dr. Basanti Mohanty is a renowned personality in Odia Literature. She was born on 17 January, 1960 in Anduli Village, Mahakalpada block in Kendrapada District. She is the daughter of freedom fighter Late Bauribandhu Mohanty and Late Sailabala Mohanty. Belonging to a Sarvodaya family, from her childhood, she’s always been inspired by The Gandhian thought. After finishing her schooling in the village school, she completed her college education from Rayagada College. She completed her MA, M.Phil., and PhD in Odia Literature from Berhampur University. Throughout her student carrier, she has been involved with many literary associations. Since her school days she had her writings being published in reputed children’s magazine Manapabana. After finishing her University education, she joined as an Odia lecturer in Bhairab College, Dabugaon of Nabarangpur district. There she found herself among neglected, downtrodden and poverty stricken people. The sufferings of those people crushed under the weights of civilization distressed her. Through NSS and Red Cross, with her students, she got the chance to lend a hand those people. Her involvement with Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti(BGVS) gave her scope to aid them more. As of now she is working as Vice president of BGVS, Odisha Branch. Through a workshop by NBT & BGVS she got trained to write Children and adult education literature.
She’s a public orator. Apart from literary meets, she also gives public speeches on various topics in schools, colleges, and other social organizations. Inspired by the ideals of Vivekananda, she has been involved in all Ramakrishna Missions of Nabarangpur District. She had a literary association at Dabugaon, named Sankalpa. She was the editor of it’s souvenir magazine ‘Nirlipta’. This association kept inspiring many local writers as well as students to pursue their literary talents. Currently, she is working as sub editor in the magazine ‘Swati sahitya Patrika’. She’s a recognized artist of Aakash vani, Jeypore. Many of her literary and non literary talks have been broadcast there..